Friday, December 7, 2007

Mangosteen History

Where does mangosteen history begin? The mangosteen is believed to have originated many centuries ago in the Sunda Islands, and later spread throughout Southeast Asia. The mangosteen fruit grows on an evergreen tree with leaves that can grow up to 10 inches in length. The tree grows very slowly, but can reach heights of up to 80 feet.

Historically in these parts of the world the mangosteen has been prized not only for its delicious taste but for its medicinal purposes.

Across these regions folk medicine and traditional medical healers use the mangosteen as a healing and preventive aid.

In South America, tea made from the rind of the mangosteen fruit is used as a tonic for fatigue, low energy and depression.

In India and China, the rind had been used for centuries as anti-microbial and anti-parasitic treatments for dysentery and other infectious diseases.

In Thailand, villagers have used the mangosteen for centuries to treat infected wounds, skin disorders such as excema and psoriasis, and for malaria and urinary tract infections.

In Indonesia, dentists use the mangosteen to control pain and swelling instead of pain killing drugs.

In the Phillipines, the rind is brewed in tea to control fever and to provide relief for sore muscles and joints.

Over the last 3 decades, scientists have begun to research the mangosteen to see if the there is any truth to the folklore.

Over that time a great wealth of knowledge has come out of their research. Scientists have found the same results as the ancient healers. Mangosteen helps to alleviate the symptoms of many ailments that we face.