The “Buddha’s hand” fruit may not be something you’ve heard about, and considering that its range is quite limited and the amount of fruit that can be consumed from each one is somewhat small, that doesn’t come as a surprise.
With the scientific name of Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, this variety of citron (like pomelos and mandarins) is named as such because the fruit is separated into long, thin sections that resemble the fingers of a human hand.
Native to India or China, as most citron varieties are, Buddha’s hand has long been used in religious ceremonies, possibly due to the importance of Buddha’s open hand to the Buddhist faith. However, this fruit is also used for perfumes, given its sweet, citrusy smell, and can also be consumed for its medicinal properties.
It has very little juice and typically no seeds, and a bittersweet pulp, so common consumption hasn’t become widespread, and its distribution is still somewhat limited. It grows primarily in temperate areas of China and India, as well as parts of the west coast of North America, but exportation is still relatively narrow. Both the rind and the fruit itself can be used for various medicinal effects, so let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of Buddha’s hand.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BUDDHA’S HAND
Buddha’s hand is usually used to treat respiratory problems as it’s a natural expectorant. If you’re suffering from excess phlegm in your lungs, the fruit can be of great help. Just soak it in a bowl of sugar and water to make it more effective then consume the fruit to treat the problem.
The fruit has been used as a remedy for pain for millennia. It contains special compounds such as coumarin, limonin and diosmin. Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, Buddha’s hand can relieve swelling and pain from injuries and simple bruises as well, and is believed to accelerate wound healing and reducing the discoloration of bruises.
If you’re suffering from any kind of digestive problem, Buddha’s hand can soothe it in just a short time. It can also relieve inflammation in the stomach lining and soothe the intestinal muscles so that the digestive process can occur naturally.
Buddha’s hand can relieve the symptoms of menstruation and ease the process thanks to its anti-inflammatory nature and its antioxidant properties.
Buddha’s hand contains a specific polysaccharide that can stimulate macrophage activity and speed up the efficiency of the immune system. Although it is mostly used as a preventative measure to strengthen the immune system, the fruit can also be consumed when you’re suffering from colds or the flu and can accelerate your recovery.
Regulates blood pressure
An alcohol extract from the fruit acts like a vasodilator and will relax and dilate your coronary blood vessels and improve your circulation, regulating your blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.