Tender young pods eaten as vegetable; ripe seed kernels roasted and eaten, made into wine (TAN); gum used in confectionary (TAN). Tender pods and shoots used as vegetable, and to stimulate milk production. Roasted seed kernels sometimes used for flavoring; the raw seed is good animal feed. (BIB). Konkani make candy by drying the gum with butter, spices, and balling up with sugar (KAB).
• Arabs inhale smoke from burning pods for cold (GHA).
• Arabs soak crushed seeds overnight in water or fresh milk and drink for diabetes (GHA).
• Asian Indians use bark juice in mother's milk as eyedrops for conjunctivosis (NAD).
• Asian Indians fry gum in ghee for impotence (NAD).
• Asian Indians consume the gum (not converted to sugar) for diabetes (NAD).
• Asian Indians gargle the leaf decoction for gingivosis, sore throat (NAD).
• Asian Indians take pulped leaves for diarrhea and dysentery, anally or orally (NAD).
• Ayurvedics consider the bark alexipharmic, anthelmintic, astringent, and use it for asci-tes, biliousness, bronchosis, burning sensations, cough, diarrhea, dysentery, dysuria, leukoderma, and piles (KAB).
• Egyptian Nubians believe diabetics can take high carbohydrate foods as long as they regularly take powdered pods (BOU).
• Guinea natives take gum/resin for chest and throat ailments, dysentery, and eye problems (KAB).
• Konkani take one tola of leaves with four mashas cumin, two tolas sugar, eaten or drunk with milk for bloody spermatorrhea (KAB).
• Masai use bark as aphrodisiac and neurotonic (UPW).
• Nigerians suck the gum for oral ulcers (UPW).
• Omani mix resin with egg white as collyrium for cataracts (GHA).
• Rajputanans bruise the leaves to apply to sore eyes in children (KAB).
• Senegalese chew antiscorbutic bark and take bark tea for diarrhea, dysentery, and toothache (UPW).
• Unani consider the leaves astringent, cerebrotonic, febrifuge, hepatotonic, and useful for gonorrhea, leukoderma, and strangury (KAB).
• Unani consider all parts of the plant aphrodisiac (KAB).
Downsides (Indian Gum Arabic Tree):
None covered (AHP, KOM). Large internal doses may lead to constipation and dyspepsia (PH2). Natural History (Indian Gum Arabic Tree):
Older shrubs are very important in diet of impala and kudu (X15278425). Lac insects often occur on the tree, with resultant production of lac resin and shellac (BIB).
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