Fruits, roots, sap.
All parts of Palmyra palm have numerous medical uses. Even the very young Palmyra palms are considered potent and thought to cure gonorrhea, biliousness or dysentery. A decoction prepared from the immature roots is a cure for breathing problems and is considered anthelmintic and diuretic. Burning the inflorescence results in an ash that can treat oversized liver and spleen, as well as heartburns. A separate decoction can be prepared from the bark with added salt, which serves as a mouthwash. Charcoal of the bark can also be useful in oral hygiene. The sap extracted from the flower stalks is especially prized and considered tonic, anti-phlegmatic, amebicide, diuretic, stimulant and laxative. This fluid can be refined into sugar, which is believed to be a treatment for liver problems and a poison antidote, or turned into candy and employed against cough and various other respiratory issues. The fresh fruit can be used to treat external ulcers if applied in bandages after fermentation is started by heating. The pulp is also a possible remedy for dermatitis. Both the male flower spikes and the dried leaf stalks have a diuretic effect. The fruit of the Palmyra palm has a very healthy composition. It is rich in the vitamins A, C and B complex and has the ability to cool and hydrate the body. It is also a rich source for the minerals calcium, zinc, potassium and iron. It acts as both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory and can treat a variety of problems, from parasite infestation to nausea or vomiting. Other common uses are as a laxative and expectorant. The tree sap has tonic properties and is also used in the treatment of ulcers, liver disorders and as a laxative. When applied on the skin, the fruit pulp has the ability to reduce inflammation, regardless of the cause. As many other tropical fruits, the Palmyra palm can provide coolness and heat relief during very hot times. The Palmyra palm fruit has a number of other medical benefits. It relieves heartburn and is particularly effective against stomach disorders caused by increased acidity. Because of its high content of water, consuming the fruit prevents dehydration. It can also provide an energy boost in very hot days, by restoring some of the lost essential nutrients. The same package of vitamins and minerals in the fruit is known to relieve irritation during urination or even cure the pain associated with it. The fruit should be consumed daily during hot summers because it combats dehydration and maintains proper energy levels. This is not only because of the fruit's water content, but also the richness in minerals such as potassium or sodium. These minerals are essential for a proper balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body. The main edible part of the fruit is the sweet jelly found under its black skin. The jelly is not only delicious but also very healthy. The fruit also provides a watery juice that has a very pleasant taste. It is a very refreshing drink choice during the summer because it has a cooling effect. The refreshing capability of the juice is mainly due to the high amounts of vitamin B complex and vitamin C. It is also very rich in vitamin A, which is needed by our eyes and skin and improves vision. The pulp is known as an external remedy for skin inflammation of any type. Palmyra palm tree sap can be consumed as a tonic but also has laxative properties and the ability to cure ulcers and liver issues. It has an overall positive effect on health, while increasing appetite and making digestion more effective. A Palmyra palm fruit sap can treat anemia.
The fruit is normally consumed in an unusual way: the seeds are eaten even if the fruit is not mature yet. However, it is also possible to allow the fruit to become fully ripe. At that point, the fibrous pulp becomes edible as well. It can be served raw but also boiled or fried. When fully ripe, the skin of the fruit turns dark purple or black. The flesh has a taste similar to the one of related coconut. You don't have to peel off the skin since it is edible as well and often consumed with the pulp, like a mango fruit. The viscous fluid inside a ripe fruit can be used to prepare various sweets, which is traditional in Bengal.