Star fruit

Averrhoa carambola (Oxalidaceae)

Characteristics

Distribution

Traditional medical use in Fiji

The fruit can be a laxative on account of the oxalic acid it contains.

It is also used in traditional medicine for skin disorders and fevers.

It is valued by Chinese communities as a remedy for high blood pressure, whilst it is also said to reduce blood sugar levels and so is of help to diabetics.
The flowers are used to relieve coughs.The leaves are used to treat rheumatism.

The seed is emmenagogue, galactagogue and abortifacient.

The powdered seed is a good anodyne for treating asthma, colic and jaundice.

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