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aka Bel, Belae fructus, Bengal quince, Indian Bael
(Aegle marmelos)
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Native to India, the fruit of this plant is faintly aromatic, globular to ovoid, 2½ to 3¼ in diameter and mucilaginous to the taste, being high in mucilage and pectin. The color is grayish-brown with a hard smooth outside surface. The rind adheres to a ligh-red pulp containing 10 to 15 seed cells. Seeds are woolly in appearance. When ripe the fruit has a distinct aroma and yields positive for the presence of tannin.

PART USED: Unripe fruit (must be fresh).

Mildly astringent.
Used in decoction or the pulp eaten.
Contracts tissues and reduces flow of fluids from the glands.
Well known in India as a remedy for diarrhea and dysentary.
Has been used in conditions where there is inflammation of the mucous membranes accompanied ulcers or fevers, or both.

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