Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mangosteen History and Tradition

History & Tradition

Having originated in Southeast Asia, the whole mangosteen fruit has been revered for its taste, but also for its healing properties. Historically, the whole fruit was used to treat people both topically and internally. This was done by either grinding the rind down and applying it directly to the skin or steeping it in water overnight and then drinking the resulting mangosteen tea. It has been used to restore intestinal health for centuries, as well as treat other infections.

Documented internal and external use:

In the book Fruits of Warm Climates, Dr. Morton calls particular attention to the importance of mangosteen rind in traditional preparations. She recorded that the mangosteen rind was sliced, dried, powdered and then administered. Often times it was first made into an ointment and then applied topically on skin disorders. Additionally, she states “the rind decoction is applied externally as an astringent lotion.” Dr. Morton also makes mention of internal uses of the rind. “A portion of the rind is steeped in water overnight and the infusion given as a remedy.”

On May 26, 1885 The Illustrated London News reported that “Dr Garcin says the mangosteen is the only fruit which sick people are allowed to eat unsparingly; it is gi

ven with safety in almost every disorder.”