Breadfruit Powder 32oz (Artocarpus altilis)
Breadfruit Powder 32oz (Artocarpus altilis)
Breadfruit Powder 32oz (Artocarpus altilis)
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Breadfruit Powder 32oz (Artocarpus altilis)

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Breadfruit has a very wide range of applications in traditional medicine with all parts of the plant being utilised in the treatment of a range of conditions

Research has shown the presence of a number of active compounds in the plant:-
The fruit contains artocarpine and the enzyme papayotine

The leaf contains the phenols quercetin and camphorol, plus gamma-aminobutyric acid, which lowers the blood pressure

The stem-bark and fruit contain cyclopropane sterols

The toasted flowers are rubbed on the gums around aching teeth to ease pain
An extract from the flowers is effective in treating ear oedema

Latex is massaged into the skin to treat broken bones, bruises, sprains, abscesses etc, and is bandaged on the spine to relieve sciatica

It is commonly used to treat puncture wounds in the eyes

skin ailments and fungal diseases such as thrush

The latter is also treated with crushed leaves

Diluted latex is taken internally to treat diarrhoea, stomach-ache and dysentery

Latex and juice from the crushed leaves are both traditionally used to treat ear infections

A filtrate of new, unfolded leaves is employed as a remedy for fish poisoning and as a muscle relaxant in cases of convulsive spasms

The yellowing leaf is brewed into a tea and taken to reduce high blood pressure

The tea is also thought to control diabetes

Hypertension and diabetes medications are prepared from a mixture of the boiled leaves of this species combined with Persea americana, Carica papaya and Annona muricata

The leaves are used in Taiwan to treat liver diseases and fevers

The root is an astringent and is used as a purgative

Pressed fluid of the root is used in the treatment of respiratory ailments which include difficult, painful breathing

When macerated it is used as a poultice for skin ailments

The bark is used to treat headache. Bark extracts exhibited strong cytotoxic activities against leukaemia cells in tissue culture, and extracts from roots and stem barks showed some antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria and may have potential in treating tumours

Liquid squeezed from the bark or leaves is given to remedy chest pains and vomiting resulting from heart trouble

Pressed liquid from the stem bark is employed in the treatment of pain in the bones and maternal postpartum infections

The bark is also used to treat stomach aches and digestive tract problems

Fluid pressed from young fruit is given to treat an illness which causes pain in the lungs and vomiting of blood