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Indian Almond
It is also known for its scientific name, Terminalia Chebula, the tree grows to 90 feet in height with a 2 to 4.5 cm long fruit. One type has hairless leaves and is only hairy when very young while another type has silvery to orange hair on its leaves and shoots.
The tree produces small nut-like drupe fruits which looks like a seed inside a fleshy and firm pulp. The seed tastes like almonds and this is where the name, Indian Almond is derived from.
The fruit has Gallic acid which acts as an anti-fungal and anti-viral and protects cells against oxidative damage. It is also used to treat chronic external hemorrhoids. The fruit is a laxative and is also used as an appetite stimulant and this is why it is used to treat eating disorders such as anemia and anorexia nervosa. It is used in treating skin diseases such as leprosy and scabies and its leaves are used to relieve rheumatic joints. It helps reduces fever and diarrhea and chronic coughs. It is also used in increasing the rate of a person's pulse. It is an effective purgative as a powder so it helps with chronic constipation but when the fruit is dried, it treats diarrhea and intestinal worms. Additionally, the leaves are effective in treating wounds and eye problems. Recent studies published have pointed out that the complications of diabetes can be cured with extracts of Indian almond. Indian almond helps cure diabetes mellitus which is a chronic disease caused by the insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas.


Known with its traditional name (Laloub), it is a large tropic tree that grows in Sudan for commercial purposes.