Wood Apple is a fruit bearing tree native to the Indian sub-continent, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The ripe fruit is rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A; it also contains significant quantities of the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin, and small amounts of vitamin C.
Wood Apple cures the infertility problems in women as it is proved to increase the progesterone hormone levels. Regular consumption of wood apple is recommended for people with kidney complaints.
Considering the detoxifying powers of wood apples, the kidney and liver can be protected if the correct organic compounds from wood apples are kept at healthy levels.
They also help in curing sore throat and treating chronic cough due to its function as an expectorant. It loosens phlegm and helps eliminate the build-up in the respiratory system.
The laxative property of wood apple also helps to avoid constipation and the subsequent, pain, discomfort and associated health risks of that condition.
The unripe fruit is described as astringent and is used in combination with bela and other medicines in diarrhoea and dysentery.
The leaves are aromatic and carminative. The pulp is poultice onto bites and stings of venomous insects, as is the powdered rind. Leaves, bark, roots and fruit pulp are all used against snakebite.
The seed oil is a purgative, and the leaf juice mixed with honey is a folk remedy for fever. The tannin-rich and alkaloid-rich bark decoction is a folk cure for malaria.
Researchers have proved that the extract of wood apple fruit has antimicrobial functions. It also has anti viral and anti fungal properties that help in treating various infections in the body.
The oil extracts from wood apple can also be used to cure respiratory disorders like asthma or cold. This oil can also provide resistance to cold when applied on the scalp before a head bath.