Star fruit – Averrhoa carambola is used a good source for fibre, Vitamin C, in Ayurveda to treat IBS, and disorders involving Kapha and Vata dosha such as cough and cold.
Botanical name- Averrhoa carambola Linn.
Family- Oxalidaceae (Wood sorrel family)
Names in different languages:
Hindi name- Karmarang, Kamarang, Kamrakh
English name- Star fruit tree, Carambola tree, Carambola apple, Karazola, Coromandal gooseberry
Bengali name- Karmaranga
Tamil name- Tamarattai
Taiwanese – Dah Pon
Thai name -Fwang Tung
Malaysian name – Maha
Indonesian name – Demak
Brihadamla, Rujaraka, Sralam
Bhavaprakasha – Purva Khanda, Mishra Prakarana, Amradi Phalavarga (group of fruits like mango)
It is native to Malayan peninsula and cultivated in Southeast Asia – Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Pacific islands and China for its fruits.
Averrhoa carambola chemical composition:
Ascorbic acid, B-& a- Carotene, Poly galacturonase and volatile components
Antioxidant phyto-nutrients polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, epicatechin, and gallic acid.
Copper, pantothenic acid, and potassium
Star fruit medicinal Properties:
Rasa (taste) – Madhura – sweet, Amla – Sour
Guna (qualities) – Laghu – light to digest
Vipaka- Madhura – Undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Sheeta – Coolant
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Kapha and Vata Dosha
Part used, dosage
Part used– Fruit
Dosage- Fruit juice 10-40 ml
Grahi – absorbent, useful in IBS
It is a source for fibre.
It is a very good source of Vitamin C, hence useful in treating cold, cough and infections.
It is used for the treatment of cough, fever, sore throat, ulcers, hangover, insomnia and eczema.
How to consume
The fruit is consumed or fruit juice is administered in a dose between 10 – 40 ml.
Star fruit side effects:
Because it contains fructose, consumption in large quantities is not recommended.
Because it contains oxalic acid and Caramboxin, people with kidney stones,kidney failure and who are on dialysis treatment should not take this fruit.
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets,
Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.