Pomegranate is mostly native to the Iranian Plateau and the Himalayas in North Pakistan and Northern India. It was used as a traditional folk medicine to create a miscarriage in pre-biblical times. Known as a common antifertility agent in Greek medicine, it was written about by physicians Hippocrates, Soranus, Dioscorides, and Aetius, all of whom prescribed the herb to prevent conception. It is still used in India, East Africa, and the Pacific as a contraceptive.
The medicinal and mythological virtues of pomegranates have been described in art and literature since the time of the ancient Greeks. It has been described as both an abortifacient and as a contraceptive. Modern testing has shown that pomegranate does, in fact, have contraceptive effects as well as abortifacient effects.
Pomegranate is mostly native to the Iranian Plateau and the Himalayas in North Pakistan and Northern India, but is now widely cultivated available in many parts of the world.
WARNING LEVEL: Moderate Risk Associated with Use
LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If Your Last Menstrual Cycle Started About 6 Weeks Ago
POSSIBLY TOXIC: not known to be toxic
UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Contract Uterus, Increases Estrogen
ALSO KNOWN AS: grenada, grenade, rimmon, anardana, dadim, dadima
IS USED FOR: food
HOW IT’S PREPARED:
- Preparation: When choosing a pomegranate look for one heavy for its size with bright and shiny skin. Slice the pomegranate as an orange, removing the top, bottom, and scoring the rind every few inches around the fruit. Peel fruit in a bowl of water, separating the peel from the fruit crystals (arils). Discard any discolored arils. Place the arils in a piece of cheesecloth and tighten to extract the juice into a container. Stir the fresh seeds into a jar of honey and store in the refrigerator.
- Pomegranate Abortifacient Infusion (root bark): Soak 2 oz. (57 g) of root bark in 11⁄2 cup (375 ml) water overnight. Boil gently to 1 cup (250 ml). Pour into glass thermos. Give lukewarm in three doses, at intervals of one hour.
- Pomegranate Abortifacient Pessary: Grind the inside of fresh pomegranate peel with water and apply to the cervix.418
POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: (root/bark) muscle weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, prolonged and abnormal dilation of the eye, dimness of vision, and loss of vision.
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