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Carambola, five corners, yang tao

Carambola

Averrhoa carambola Linn.

FIVE CORNERS, YANG TAO

 

The carambola, or five corners, yang tao (poplar peach), is also called san lean (three collect) and yang tao (goat peach). It is a small tree or shrub. The fruit is oval, 50-80mm long and has 5 angular ridges running the length of the fruit (when sliced each segment is star shaped).

The surface is bare, smooth and green or yellow-green. The flesh contains a lot of juice, the flavor acid-sweet. There are a number of seeds in the centre. The fruit ripens in the summer. Its nature is neither hot nor cold, and it contains no poison.

The fruit can activate saliva, ease coughing, suppress adverse energy and mitigate stomach disorders. It contains sucrose, vitamin B1, oxalic acid, citric acid, malic acid, etc.


APPLICATIONS
1. THROAT INFLAMMATION; SORES IN THE MOUTH; TOOTHACHE CAUSED BY HEAT AND WIND. Take 1-3 pieces of fresh fruit, crush, squeeze and obtain the juice. Hold in the mouth and slowly swallow it. Do this daily 1-2 times.

2. COUGH DUE TO 'WIND-HEAT EVIL'; HICCUP. Take 1 piece of fresh fruit, hold in the mouth, slowly chew it and swallow. Do this 3-4 times daily, or whenever coughing occurs.

 

3. URINE, REDDISH IN COLOR, ASTRINGENT AND PAINFUL WHEN URINATING; OLIGURIA. Take 2-3 pieces of fresh fruit, crush, add 1 cup of boiled water, mix and serve. Do this daily 2-3 times.

 

4. STRENGURIA; URINARY STONE. Take 3-5 pieces of fresh fruit and 30 grams of candied honey. steam in a sealed container, mash and serve. Do this daily, both in the morning and in the evening.

 

5. HAEMORRHOIDS, BLEEDING. Take 2 pieces of fresh fruit and eat. Do this daily both in the morning an din the evening.

 

6. WIND RASH; NETTLE RASH; RED SWELLINGS; PRURITUS. Take 500 grams of tart unripe fresh fruit, crush, ad water and simmer. Use the liquid to wash the skin 3 times a day. At the same time eat 15 grams of salted fruit.

 

7. SUNSTROKE; 'WETNESS-EVIL'; WEEPING WOUNDS; VOMITING AND DIARRHOEA WHEN UNACCUSTOMED TO A NEW ENVIRONMENT. Take 60 grams of fruit preserved in sugar and slowly chew and eat.

 

8. INDIGESTION; TIGHT FEELING IN THE CHEST WITH NAUSEA. Take half a piece of pickled carambola and slowly chew it. Wait for 3 hours before repeating the dose.

 

9. HANGOVER. Take 1 piece of pickled carambola, steam in water and serve.

 

PREPARATION

PICKLED, SALTED AND CANDIED CARAMBOLA. Slice unripe fruit and place in the sun until it is half dry. Cover it with vinegar ( for pickled fruit), salt (for salted fruit), or sugar (for candied fruit) and leave for some time, then use as needed.

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