Author(s): Rajani Nair and Anuja Khidse
Tamarind, scientifically known as Tamarindus indica and popularly known as imli, finds a large number of applications with medicinal values. When it comes to treating our taste buds with some sweet-and-sour flavor, tamarind can be the most delectable choice. Being scrumptious, it is used as a versatile condiment with a variety of dishes. On the other hand, it comes with a lot of nutritional as well as healing benefits too. There is absolutely no waste on the tamarind; every part has an importance to the body. The seeds, the leaves, the flowers, the pulp, the seed testa, the bark, kernel powders and the fruit itself have a lot of benefits to us. Starting from being a health resource to reducing acidity, treating sore throat, acting as antibacterial agents to finding use in treatment of Cancer and exerting hepatoprotective and antiasthmatic activity, it finds a lot of applications in field of Medicine. Its easy availability and affordability adds to its values making it easily accessible. This article provides an overview of its medicinal and health benefits in short.