MANGOSTEEN (Garcinia mangostana L.)
It is a medium-sized, leafy tree with numerous branches and growing 6 to 10 meters high. The outer bark is dark brown and the inner bark is yellowish. The leaves are opposite, leathery, oblong, with pointed tip and acute base, 15 to 25 cm long and 6 to 11 cm wide, smooth and green on both surfaces, with entire margins and with numerous parallel and closely-arching nerves and one intra-marginal vein. The petioles are short and thick. The flowers are borne terminally on branchlets, 4-parted, bisexual and borne singly or in pairs at the ends of branchlets. The fruit is a rounded berry, 5 to 7 cm in diameter, smooth and dark purple. The rind is firm, spongy, thick and with yellow, resinous juice. The seeds are large, more or less flattened and embedded in white or pinkish fleshy, edible pulp.
Furthermore, the flesh also contains Calcium, Phosporus, Vitamin C, Carbohydrates and fiber. The dried fruit rind in addition can be used to stop diarrhea. Below is the step-by-step procedure for the mangosteen preparation.
Preparation and Dosage:
- Grind a half fruit of dried fruit rind into powder and prepare a decoction in 2 glasses of water.
- Drink 1 cup, 3-4 times a day, after every meal; or prepare a decoction of 20-60 grams.
- Drink 1 cup, 3-4 times a day; or Roast half a fruit (4g) of dried fruit, add half glass of lime water (calcium hydroxide).
- Take orally, every 2 hours after every meal.