Though I was not knowing about the medicinal value of the Jamun fruits then, we children were quite happy in picking up fallen Jamun berries or even pelting stones and plucking them. It was a herculean task to get fruits without damage and without soil and dust on them. They tasted sweet and astringent or tart. But still we all relished eating them and would like to display our bluish or violet tinged tongues after eating the Jamun berries.
While I was in Mumbai I used to buy them from an old woman selling them at a suburban railway station overbridge regularly during the season. She used to sell very clean and undamaged Jamun berries. But it was only just a few years ago that I came to know about its effectiveness in diabetics ,when I I saw someone picking the berries and seed at roadside under a Jamun tree branch protruding out from a wayside plot.
It benefits a lot especially, in diabetes. It is used in Ayurveda, its bark as well as seeds are also used in different diseases. but it is not recommended for some people, like:
- If someone feels vomiting after eating jamun he should not take it.
- It is not good to take empty stomach
- It is not recommended after taking milk
- Pregnant women as well as breastfeeding women should avoid it
- Also the patient of acidity should not take it .
Even now I like that fruit and purchase them whenever they are available. The leaves, fruits and seeds are used in many Ayurvedic medicines. The juice made from these fruits will be used to treat cough, cold and flu. It works as an antacid. So if we eat this fruit acidity problem may get cured. I heard that if the juice of this fruit is applied to our hair dandruff will reduce. It is good for diabetic patients also.
K Mohan @ Moga
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
The benefits could be even derived from its seeds if the same is dried sufficiently and crushed to powder form and is to be taken one tea spoon twice morning and evening to reap its sugar control effects.It can be preserved for a long time if adequate care is taken. Many Ayurvedic Pharmacies prepare the same for the benefits of the common people to contain the sugar levels. It can even enhance our immune system due to presence of high level of vitamin C.