The tamarind plant is said to have several medicinal uses. It reportedly serves as a natural alternative remedy for the mild cases of the following illnesses. (For definitive advice and in case the symptoms persist, recur, or worsen, consult your doctor.)
• Asthma. Boil tamarind bark in three glasses of water for 10 minutes. For adults, take 1 cup after every meal and at bedtime; children, take ½ cup four times daily; and babies, 2 tablespoons four times daily.
• Colic and indigestion. Incinerate tamarind bark with salt until it turns to white ash. Add a heaping teaspoon of ash to ½ cup of boiling water. Let it cool, and drink.
• Common colds. Boil pulp and add a little pepper and salt to taste and let it concoct for a few minutes. Drink while it’s hot.
• Constipation. Tamarind pulp is considered a mild laxative because of the presence of potassium bitartrate. Eat the pulp of ripe fruit liberally and follow it with plenty of water.
• Cough. Boil tamarind leaves, at least 100 grams, in two glasses of water for 15 minutes or until one glass of liquid is left. Let it cool, strain, and drink.
• Fever. Sponge-bath the feverish person with an infusion of boiled tamarind leaves.
• Joint pain and rheumatism. Crush tamarind leaves in water and apply over inflammation to reduce swelling and pain.
• Sore throat and mouth ulcer. Boil tamarind fruit to create a pulp. Strain liquid and use as gargle.
• Vaginal wash. Boil two handfuls of chopped tamarind leaves in a small pot of water for five minutes. Strain and use liquid as vaginal wash while still lukewarm.