Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranates grow wild upon both shores of the Mediterranean and are cultivated in all countries where the climate is sufficiently warm to allow the fruit to ripen, including our gulf states and other warm areas. A large tropical and sub-tropical bush, it is grown for its brilliant orange-red flowers and its large hard-rinded juicy, pulpy fruit about the size of an orange. The fruit ripens in September. It is quite pleasant in flavor.

One of the favorite fruits of ancient mythology, it is claimed. Bacchus, who seduced the Scythian maid, turned her into a pomegranate tree and placed a crown on the fruit to compensate her for the crown he had promised her before her seduction.

Pomegranates are mentioned many times in the Bible. Those of most interest being:

  • Exodus 28:33 and 34 (B.C. 1491)-“Pomegranates of blue, of purple, and of scarlet around the hem (of priest’s robe)”
  • I Kings 7/20-(B.C. 1005)-“And the pomegranates were 200 in a row around about (referring to the building of the House of the Lord).”
  • Song of Solomon 4/13 (B.C. 1014)—”Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits.”
  • Song of Solomon 7/12 (B.C. 1014) —”Let us get up early to see pomegranates bud forth.”
  • Song of Solomon 8/2 (B.C. 1014)—”I would bring thee into my mothers house; I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranates.”

The art of making wine from pomegranates of which Solomon speaks is still practised in Persia.

The ancient Chinese revered the pomegranates as one of the three blessed fniits. Because of its many seeds, it was their symbol of a large production of progeny and eternal life.

The Bible Dictionary claims the pomegranate was the favorite fruit of Egypt and Palestine. It was considered a very refreshing delicacy to dwellers in a hot land.

A syrup made from the seeds is known as grenadine.

Pomegranate is one of the earliest medicines of importance, considered as a specific for expelling either the round, tape, or pin worm and has been used as a vermifuge since the beginning of the Christian era among Arabian and Indian physicians. The bark of the root was recommended by Hippocrates.

The FLOWERS, BARK, and RIND can all be used as a remedy for tapeworm.

The bark of the root has no smell, when chewed it colors the saliva yellow and leaves an astringent taste without any disagreeable bitterness.

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It may be administered in powder or decoction, which is preferred. The following method was used by the Negroes of St. Domingo before it was introduced into Europe. Prepare by taking a dose of castor oil and fast the day preceding that on which the remedy is administered. A decoction is prepared by macerating 2 oz, bruised bark in 2 pts. water for 24 hrs. Then boil down to 1 pt. Take 1/3 portion every 1/2 hr. The 1st and second dosage may produce vomiting but the 3rd remains. Within one hour after the last dose, the patient usually has 3 or 4 stools in which the worm is discharged. Should the bowels not be opened, an injection should be administered. If not successful the first day, repeat. The decoction was followed by a dose of castor oil.

Soak 2 oz. bark in 2 pts. water for 12 hrs., boil down to 1 pt., strain, and take wine-glassful every 2 hrs. until it is all taken. At times, joints of the worm may come away within 1 hr. of the last dose being taken, but sometimes the dose needs to be repeated a few successive mornings. It is good policy to continue for a few days after the joints have ceased to pass.

Before taking this, or any other worm remedy, it is always best to fast for 24 hrs. and take a cathartic to clear the bowels before, and a dose of anti-bilious cathartic taken after.

Pomegranate flowers are inodorous, having a bitterish, strongly astringent taste, and impart a violet-red color to the saliva. They were used by the ancients to secure a good red dye. They have the same medicinal property and were used for the same purposes as the rind.

The rind of the fruit and the flowers, in the form of decoction, may be given in diarrhea, chronic dysentery, in the excessive and exhaustive sweats of hectic fever, night sweats of phthisis, or simple debility. The decoction is more frequently used as an injection in leucorrhea and as a gargle in sore and irritated throat in the earliest stages or after the inflammatory action has somewhat subsided. The powdered rind has also been recommended in intermittent fever.

The dose of the rind and flowers in powder is 20 to 30 gr. A decoction may be prepared in the proportion of 1 oz. to 1 pt. boiling water given in doses of 1 to 2 fl. oz. Fruit bark 1 to 2 dr.; Fl. X of root bark, 1/4 to 2 Dr. May be administered in powder or decoction but the decoction is preferred.

The fruits are made into cooling drinks to quench the thirst and give relief in feverish complaints.

A strong infusion will be useful in ulcers in the mouth and throat, strengthen the gums, and fasten loose teeth.

The rinds of the fruit are used for the tanning of the finest leathers at Cordova, Spain, now known as Cordovan leather.

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