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How Mangosteen Is Used  

The Wood.
The wood from the mangosteen tree is dark-brown, heavy, almost sinks in water, and is moderately durable. It has been used to make handles for spears, rice pounders, and  used in construction and cabinetwork.  In Ghana, the Mangosteen twigs are used as chew sticks.

The Fruit.
The mangosteen fruit is consumed fresh and can be processed into jams, preserves, and candies.  It is an important seasonal fruit consumed throughout South and East Asia and regarded by many as one of the best flavored in the world.  In China, the fruit rind is used for tanning leather because it contains 7 to 14% catechin tannin and rosin.  It also yields a black dye.

Nutrition and Medicine.
The mangosteen has been used for nutritional and medicinal purposes for many centuries by Filipinos, Thai, Indian, Indonesian, and other people in Asia to alleviate fever, diarrhea, headaches, and heal wounds.  This fruit is now widely accepted as a natural remedy for a surprising number of other ailments which include arthritis and fibromyalgia; it may also moderate asthma and eczema. 

The dried rind is powdered and administered to overcome dysentery. As an ointment, it is applied on eczema and other skin disorders. The rind decoction is used to relieve cystitis, gonorrhea and gleets and is applied externally as an astringent lotion.  When the rind is steeped in water overnight, the infusion is given as a remedy for chronic diarrhea in adults and children. Filipinos employ a decoction of the leaves and bark to treat thrush, diarrhea, dysentery and urinary disorders. In Malaya, an infusion of the leaves, combined with unripe banana and benzoin is applied to the wound of circumcision. A root decoction is taken to regulate menstruation. A bark extract called "amibiasine", is used for treatment of amoebic dysentery.  Researchers found laborers working in the mangosteen plantation in Mindanao, ground mangosteen rind to make drinks, which made them work longer in the farm with lesser fatigue. According to the folks in Jolo, boiled mangosteen leaves were effective in controlling diarrhea and skin diseases.


The fruit has a thick, reddish-purple pericarp, and its branches are covered with deep jade green leaves, where researchers have found a high concentration of potent antioxidant, "XANTHONES".  Xanthones provide powerful protection for every organ in the human body*.

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