8 Amazing medicinal values of Kokum aka Garcinia cambogia

Kokum is a commonly used souring ingredient in Indian cuisines, but it has several medicinal properties. It protects against heat stroke, relieves constipation, aids digestion, treats acidity and more. Find out how to enjoy the medicinal benefits of kokum.

Kokum or Garcinia Indica fruit has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. The fruit is added to cooked foods to give a nice tangy taste. It also makes a wonderful drink, which is packed with all the health benefits the fruit provide. It also makes a very refreshing and cooling drink. The dark, ripe fruit and dried outer peels have plenty of medicinal benefits. Here is a look at just some of them.

Cooling properties

Kokum's sourness makes it a 'hot' food according to Indian traditional medicine. This does not mean that it raises the heat in the body, however, it means that Kokum has 'hot' medicinal properties that make it a good digestive aid, among other things.

In fact, kokum is a coolant popularly found across South India as kokum butter drink. When kokum is made into juice with jaggery or palm candy powder, it can be an effective coolant against heat stroke in summers.

Aids against constipation

Kokum has been known to treat constipation as well. Kokum peels are useful to treat improper bowel movements. The dried fruit peels can be powdered and taken in doses of 500 mg every night before sleep until the constipation is cured.

Relief from allergy

The fruit has also been used for centuries as a cure against rashes and other allergies on the skin. A simple home remedy against urticarial rashes on the skin is to apply a cold blend.

Indigestion cure

Kokum is a digestive aid. It also stimulates the appetite. The fruits can be dried and stored. You can then soak a little dry kokum in half a cup of water for about half an hour. Grind this in a food processor or blender until the concoction is as smooth as possible. Strain, add some diluted jaggery to the juice and take 100 ml twice or three times a day to enjoy relief from indigestion.

You can also take kokum juice with a little salt and black pepper if you prefer to avoid sugar. Note that in Ayurveda, little natural sugar like honey, jaggery etc. is necessary for the nourishing and invigorating effect that the flavour of sweetness has on us.


The fruit offers relief from acidity as well. If you are suffering from hyperacidity, a cold mix of kokum can be taken with a little sugar and salt to ease the discomfort.

Flatulence and bloating

A mixture of kokum extract, ginger, honey and salt can provide some relief from bloating, flatulence or stomach pain.

Taking the juice extract of kokum is probably the easiest way to enjoy the medicinal benefits of the fruit at home. But you can also make a concentrated fruit syrup for use against bloating and flatulence. To make syrup, grind fruit and pulp with some water. Boil sugar and water until you achieve a thick syrup. Cool the syrup, and add strained kokum mixture to this. The syrup can be given more medicinal power by adding cumin powder and cardamom powder. Cardamom also helps relieve bloating, treat stomach cramps and colic. Cumin is an effective spice that helps the bowels run smoothly.

The antioxidant property of kokum

The kokum is also one of the richest antioxidants there is. This amazing property of the fruit makes it a healthy addition to any diet. The antioxidants promote overall health and reduce the chances of disease. They also reduce the effects of many ailments. Additionally, the antioxidants in the fruit stimulate cell regeneration and healing of damaged cells. Kokum can also be applied to cracked heels for quick healing.

Kokum as a weight loss agent

Recent studies have shown that kokum can aid weight loss. Its extracts are being marketed as weight loss supplement. It is said to burn stored fat and impede the body's ability to turn food into fat. It is believed that the extract keeps you from feeling hungry and this aids in weight loss. The supplement is quite a rage

Kokum goes by many names - Garcinia cambogia is one of its most recognised names. It is also called by the following names - Malabar tamarind, brindle berry and the kudam puli. The fruit is often split into two and desiccated, so the inside of the fruit resembles a citrus fruit. When dried the fruit takes on a dark purple to a blackish hue. At first, it is slightly moist, not bone dry. The dried fruit has not just culinary but has pharmaceutical and industrial uses as well. It has a sharp, almost tamarind like flavour, and when used in cooking it gives the dish a tangy flavour and a nice purplish pink colour.

One precaution to be followed when taking kokum for its medicinal properties is that it should not be mixed with milk and milk products.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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