Tamarindus indica;

Tamarindus indica

tamarindus-indica.pngTamarindus indica

Common name: Tamarind, Tamarina

African names - Wolof: dakhar- Bambara: tombi, Ntomi, tumi- Peuhl: dam, dabé, dami, djammi- Hausa: tsamyia, tsamia-Goun and Fon from BENIN: Tomi


The fruit of the Tamarind tree is widely used in folk medicine as a laxative. The fruit removed from the epicarp and seeds is crushed and mixed with water or with a beverage made from milk and millet flour. The fruit pulp is also used as a febrifuge * but above all as a refreshing and soothing thirst.


It is a tree 12 to 20 meters high that can live a very long time. The leaves are paripinnate. The flowers are yellowish. The fruits are thick, woody pods containing a pulp intermingled with fibers and sticking together 5 to 6 seeds. The root is very hard and is used as an aphrodisiac by macerating in SODABI alcohol.

Direction of use


Maceration of the fruit in plain water (cold or hot) produces a refreshing, slightly tart drink that is very popular in West Africa. It is a mild laxative and a good cleanser.

Note: The leaves are diuretic and the roots are part of the composition of aphrodisiac herbal teas.


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