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Buddha’s hand

Buddh'a Hand (Fo Shou)

Such an amazing and cool fruit, which I love to regulate my energy. A very important herb in clinic too as it works on the Liver, Stomach, Spleen and Lungs to transform things such a phlegm, dries damp and stops cough. It is warm in nature so if you have too much heat in your body, do not over consume.

Buddha's hand is an unusual fruit and a member of the citrus family. It is an evergreen tree or shrub that grows up to 3-5 meters tall. It is Native to North East India and China, and also is grown on the West Coast of California. Buddha’s Hand is also called Buddha’s Fingers because of its strange hand and finger-like shape. There can be 5-20 fingers per fruit.

It can be grown from a seed (though seeds are more rare or a cutting but it is easier to get a baby tree in a container then plant it in the garden if you are in a warmer climate where citrus grows.

Health benefits are endless:

Reduces pain, arthritis, soothes gastrointestinal distress, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, eases menstrual cramps, lowers blood pressure, and helps heal respiratory illness.

The constituents coumarin, limonin, and diosmin are

in all parts of the fruit and help combat pain, inflammation, speeds wound healing and also helps heal bruises and injuries.

When used for getting rid of mucous and catarrh during a respiratory illness, Buddha's hand is traditionally soaked first in sugar and water to make it more effective, before consuming the fruit.

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