and Curative Properties
The coconut is a nourishing, strengthening dietary
supplement. It is used in all stages of maturity. As a
food, it is most valuable before it matures. Its jelly-like
tender kernel contains various enzymes and is easily digestible.
The milk of fresh coconut forms a valuable food for children
suffering from nutritional deficiency. It has adequate natural
minerals and high-quality proteins which are valuable for growth and
repair of the body.
The water of the tender green coconut, generally
known as mineral water, is used as a beverage and a refreshing
drink. A tender coconut, which is fully grown and only one
month old, contains about 400 to 465 cc. of water. It contains
sufficient sugar in an easily assimilable form. It is an
excellent tonic for health.
The water of a single coconut contains sufficient
Vitamin C to meet the daily requirements of the body. It also
contains several vitamins in the B group. These are niacin,
pantothenic acid, biotin, riboflavin, folic acid, and thiamin, as
well as pyridoxin in traces. The water also contains sodium,
potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, and
The coconut is an ancient and very effective remedy
for intestinal worms of all kinds. A tablespoonful of the
freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast, followed by a
dose of castor oil after three hours. The process may be
repeated until the cure is complete.
The mature dried coconut is valuable in the
treatment of acidity. Its oil reduces the acid secretion of
the stomach and gives much relief to the patient.
Digestive System Disorder
Tender kernel of coconut is highly beneficial in the
treatment of digestive system disorders. It is valuable in
diseases like indigestion, colitis, gastric ulcers, diarrhea,
dysentery, arid piles. The tender coconut water is also an
excellent remedy for flatulence, vomiting, and dyspepsia. In
vomiting, it is a food medicine of great value when other methods
Coconut milk, mixed with milk and pure honey, taken
every night before bed, is an effective food remedy for dry cough
due to throat irritation or due to excessive smoking.
Tender coconut water is very useful in fighting
cholera. Eight to 12 ounces of this water mixed with a
teaspoonful of fresh lime juice should be administered orally to the
patient. It rectifies the electrolyte balance and neutralizes
the acidosis of the blood. Coconut water is a known source of
potassium-rich fluid, and since cholera patients can almost
invariably take oral fluids following initial correction of shock
and acidosis, the experts suggest intake of coconut water is a must
for cholera patients.
The coconut water is a valuable cure for urinary
disorders. It acts as a natural diuretic in heart, liver, and
kidney disorders such as scanty and suppressed urination.
Coconut water is highly beneficial in the treatment
of bilious fever. It should be given frequently in small
doses. Water should, however, not be taken immediately after
taking coconut water. It may be taken after some time has
passed, if necessary.
Ascites is a disease which causes swelling in the
stomach due to fluid accumulation. Coconut water is valuable
in ascites. The patient should be given two or three glassfuls
of coconut water to drink. This quantity may be increased or
decreased according to the condition and needs of the patient.
The oil extracted from the flesh of the ripe nut is
an effective dressing for burns and scalds. It is of great
value in the preparation of ointments, as it penetrates the skin
readily. The tar-like fluid obtained from the red-hot shell of
a ripe nut is a rubifacient which causes reddening and warming of
the skin. It is a household remedy for ringworm, itch, and
other skin diseases.
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