Overview

Tamarind is a tree. Its partially dried fruit is used to make medicine.

People use tamarind for dry eye. It is also used for constipation, fever, gallbladder disorders, disorders affecting bile flow in the liver, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

In foods and beverages, tamarind is used as flavoring. It is also widely used in Asian cooking for chutneys and curries.

How does it work ?

Tamarind contains ingredients that might have laxative effects and some activity against certain fungi and bacteria.

Researchers are studying tamarind as a possible treatment for dry eyes because it contains a chemical that is similar to mucin found in the eye. Mucin helps protect and wet the surface of the cornea.

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