Saturday, May 8, 2010


Mango Mango is called "The King of fruits" due to its sweetness and richness in nutrients. It is praised as "Heavenly Fruit" in Vedas.
It is one of the most popular and characteristic fruits of the tropics. It is now most uidely grown in India where it is the best loved fruit. There are about 600 varieties of the mango of which 40 varieties are cultivated in India.

Mangoes belong to the genus Magnifera which consists of about 30 species of tropical trees in the flowering plant Anacardiaceae.
It has been the national fruit of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines
Ayurveda considers ripe mango sweet and heating. It balances all the three Doshas and acts as an energizer.
Ripe mango normalizes Vata and Pitta. It helps to relieve constipation and normalize digestion. Consumption of ripe mango increases haemoglobin in blood and is very useful in treating anaemia. Ayurvedic texts eulogize the uses of ripe mango as an  aphrodisiac (rejuvenate male reproductive system and increase  quality and quantity of semen). it is also useful in erectile dysfunction and  low libido. Ripe mango strengthens the body, increases body bulk and  increases glow of skin
The Ayurvedic qualities of green mango are sour, astringent and cooling. They should not be eaten alone or in large quantities because they can aggravate the Doshas, especially Pitta dosha.

Medicinal properties of Mango:
1.The insoluble fibre, present in mangoes, helps the elimination of waste from the colon and prevents constipation.
2. The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
3. A milk-mango shake used in the summers help people gain weight.
4. Extracts of leaves, bark, stem and unripe mangoes are believed to possess antibacterial properties against some micro-organisms
5. Dried mango flowers are used in the treatment of diarrohoea, chronic dysentery and some problems of the bladder.
6. The stone (kernal) of the mango fruit is used widely in Ayurvedic medicines for treatment of different ailments
7. Antioxidents present in the mango fruits are believed to play an important role in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.
8. Some of the flavonoids present in the fruit are believed to strenghthen the immune system of human body.

Uses of Mango Plant
As per Ayurveda  medicinal uses of different parts of mango tree
1) The mango flower reduces diarrhea and normalizes kapha and pitta . As it    has cooling properties it controls dysfunctional uterine bleeding and    rejuvenates taste buds.
2) Very young mango fruits are astringent. They increase vata and pitta and     rejuvenate taste buds.
3) Young mangoes are very sour and vitiate all three doshas .
4) Ripe mango is sweet to taste and increase the stamina of body. It is an    aphrodisiac hence help in erectile dysfunction and impotence . Ripe mango    is heavy to digest and acts as cardiac tonic. It increases digestion, glow of skin and quality and quantity of semen .
5) The seeds of mango reduce vomiting, diarrhea. It acts as a cardiac tonic    and reduces burning sensations of body parts. The tender mango leaves  regularize digestion and normalize kapha and pitta.

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Information provided in this article is for the sole purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician.