Tuesday, July 29, 2008

BELIMBI (Averrhoa bilimbi)

Belimbi??? What is that you may ask? Well, in Malaysia we refer to it as Belimbing Buluh or Belimbing Assam. Like many fruits, the belimbi also has medicinal properties. For instance, in the Philippines, the leaves are pounded into a paste for itches, swelling, rheumatism, mumps or skin eruptions. In other Asian countries, they are used for bites of poisonous creatures. A leaf infusion is efficient against or as an after-birth tonic, while the flower infusion is used for thrush, cold, and cough. Malaysians use fermented or fresh bilimbi leaves to cure venereal diseases. The young belimbi fruit can be made into a juice which can be drunk to help lower high blood pressure, diabetes and prevent dizziness. As an aside, in Malaysia very acid bilimbis is used to clean the kris blade.

Tumbuhan Herba untuk mengatasi Penyakit Jantung, Darah Tinggi dan Kolesterol by Drs Sudjaswadi Wiryowidagdo et al.

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