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Arhat fruit, luo han guo, lohan fruit

Arhat Fruit

Momordica grosvenori, LOHAN FRUIT, LUO HAN GUO

 

The arhat fruit, luo han guo, is also called han guo (Chinese fruit) and la han guo (pull sweat fruit). It is a long-lived climbing vine whose length can exceed 8 meters. The fruit may be round or egg shaped, 40-70 mm long and 40-60 mm in diameter. It ripens at the end of autumn.


Dried fruit may be bought in the city markets. The outer surface of the dried fruit is round and smooth, dusty yellow-brown or dusty green-brown. It is covered with fine, soft hair. The fruit is covered by a hard but thin shell. Inside is a partly dry, flexible substance containing the juice as well as a large number of seeds.


The skin, juicy part and seeds all have a good sweet flavor. Its nature is cool, and it has no poison.


The fruit helps relieve sunstroke, moistens the lungs, eliminates phlegm, stops coughs and promotes bowel movements. It contains glucose and a type of sugar 300 times sweeter than ordinary sugar. Diabetics can use this as a sweetener.

APPLICATIONS

1. HEAT STROKE WITH THIRST. Take one arhat fruit, break it open and stir into boiled water. Drink the liquid in place of tea.

2. ACUTE OR CHRONIC THROAT INFLAMMATION; APHONIA. Take half a fruit and 3-5 seeds of sterculia (Sterculia scaphigera). Cover with water and simmer, then swallow very slowly.

3. CHRONIC COUGH. Take 1 piece of fruit cover with water, simmer and drink the liquid. Do this twice.


4. CONSTIPATION IN THE AGED. Take 2 pieces of fruit, obtain the juicy part and the seeds (put the shell aside for other uses), break apart, cover with water and simmer. Serve before going to bed.

5. DIABETES, SUGAR SUBSTITUTE. Take an appropriate measure of fruit and crush it. Alternatively, simmer it into a thick juice and add this to food being prepared.

EDITOR'S NOTE

A prepared form of this fruit is a very popular treatment for colds in China. It may be bought as 'Luohanguo Chongji' and is in the form of a small brown block 30 mm long which is dissolved in water.

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