Properties of Banana
the traditional medicine of India and the ancient Persia
this golden fruit is regarded as nature's secret of
perpetual youth. To this day, banana is known for promoting
healthy digestion and creating
a feeling of youthfulness. They help promote
the retention of calcium, phosphorus
and nitrogen - all of which then work to build
sound and regenerated tissues Banana also contains invert
sugar, which is an aid to youthful growth and metabolism.
The banana is used as a dietary food against intestinal
disorders because of its soft texture and blandness.
It is said to contain an unidentified compound called,
perhaps jokingly, 'vitamin U (against ulcer). It is
the only raw fruit, which can be eaten without distress
in chronic ulcer cases. It neutralizes the over-acidity
of the gastric juices and reduces the irritation of
the ulcer by coating the lining of the stomach
Ripe bananas are highly beneficial in the treatment
of ulcerative colitis, being bland, smooth, easily-digestible
and slightly laxative and they relieve acute symptoms
and promote the healing process.
Bananas are of great value both in constipation and
diarrhea as they normalize colonic functions in the
large intestine to absorb large amounts of water for
proper bowel moments. Their usefulness in constipation
is due to their richness in pectin, which is water-absorbent
and this gives them a bulk producing ability. They also
possess the ability to change the bacteria in the intestines-from
the harmful type of bacilli to the beneficial acidophilus
Mashed banana together with little salt is a very valuable
remedy for dysentery. According to Dr. Kirticar, a combination
of ripe plantain, tamarind and common salt is most effective
in this disease. He claims to have cured several cases
of both acute and chronic dysentery by this treatment.'
Ripe bananas are also very useful in dysentery of children,
but they should be thoroughly mashed and beaten to cream
before use in these cases.
Arthritis and Gout
Bananas are useful in the treatment of arthritis and
gout. A diet of bananas only for three or four days
is advised in these conditions. The patient can be given
to eat eight or nine bananas daily during this period
and nothing else.
Being high in iron content, bananas are beneficial in
the treatment of anemia. They stimulate the production
of hemoglobin in the blood.
The fruit is very useful for those who are allergic
to certain foods and who suffer in consequence from
skin rashes or digestive disorders or asthma. Unlike
other protein foods, many of which contain an amino-acid
which these persons cannot tolerate and which causes
allergy. Bananas contain only benign amino-acids which
in most cases are not allergic. The fruit, however,
does cause allergic reactions in certain sensitive persons
and they should avoid it.
Bananas are valuable in kidney disorder because of their
low protein and salt content and high carbohydrate content.
They are useful in uremia, a toxic condition of the
blood due to kidney congestion and dysfunction. In such
cases, a diet of bananas should only be taken for three
to four days, consuming eight to nine bananas a day.
This diet is suitable for all kidney troubles, including
nephritis. ( Those who are suffering from kidney failure
because of its high potassium content should not take
Bananas are considered useful in the treatment of tuberculosis;
the juice of the plantain or the ordinary cooked bananas
works miracles in the cure of tuberculosis.
Juice from Banana stem is a well-known remedy for urinary
disorders. It improves the functional efficiency of
kidney and liver thereby alleviating the discomforts
and diseased condition in them. It clears the excretion
organs in the abdominal region of toxins and helps to
eliminate them in the form of urine. It has been found
to be of great help in the treatment for the removal
of stones in the kidney, gall bladder, and prostate.
It is advisable to mix this juice whenever possible
with the juice of ash pumpkin.
Cooked banana flower eaten with curd is considered an
effective medicine for menstrual disorders like painful
menstruation and excessive bleeding. Banana flower helps
increase progesterone hormone which reduces the bleeding.
Burns and Wounds
A plaster is prepared by beating a ripe banana into
a fine paste. It can be spread over burns and wounds
and supported by a cloth bandage. It gives immediate
relief. The young tender leaves of banana tree form
a cool dressing for inflammations and blisters.
Banana, taken as a table fruit, must be thoroughly ripe
as otherwise it cannot be digested in the small intestine-
which then ferments in the large intestine, often causing
wind. The raw bananas contain 20 to 25 per cent starch.
But during the process of ripening, this starch is almost
wholly converted with assimilable sugar.
Bananas should never be kept in a refrigerator as low
temperature prevents their ripening. Those who are suffering
from kidney failure because of its high potassium content
should not take the fruit.