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Syzegium Jambulanum

A Homeopathic Remedy for Diabetes

Please be advised that this remedy should not be taken without medical advice. I am merely providing information about it as well as anecdotal information based on the little information I have been able to find on this remedy.

Doctrine of Signatures:

Syzegium Jambulanum has long been used in India as a herbal remedy for diarrhea, stomach problems and as an astringent.

The tree is also known as Jambul, Jamum, Java Plum and Rose Apple. and it grows to a height of around 30 ft. It is found primarily in India, the East Indies, Queensland Australia and it was imported to Florida, USA at the start of the 20th Century. It was introduced to England in 1768.

The leaves are long and narrow, similar to that of a peach tree but more lustrous, and the flowers are a greenish-yellow and grow in terminal bunches.

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It blooms in July and the color of the fruit varies between white, red and pink. Its scent and taste are similar to that of a ripe apricot.The bark is very dense and hard and is a pink or reddish brown color, it is rather corky and may be mottled and ridged.

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Below the bark the wood has a silky luster and when broken the color varies from fawn to a purplish pink color.The seeds have an oval shape, are about half an inch long and half an inch in diameter. They are hard, heavy and a black-grey color. They are tasteless.


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The fresh seeds have been used for diabetes and have been found to reduce sugar in the urine.
The following points may be taken into account when observing the doctrine of signatures:
  • The odor of apricots: Diabetics, especially if untreated sometimes excrete a “fruity”, or sweetish odor.
  • The bark may be ridged: Nail damage in diabetes may cause a number of ridges (such as Beau’s lines)
  • Mottled color: A number of skin conditions associated with diabetes lead to mottling, or rashes.
  • The bark has a thick corky substance: Like the skin the bark displays thickening, such as diabetics are wont to experience. (dermopathy)
  • The bark is hard: Diabetics may develop thick, hard skin on the shoulders, nape of the neck and upper areas, also on the knuckles and the forearms.

The only reference that I have been able to find to Syzegium has been in Clarke’s Dictionary of Materia Medica, Vol III. Every website discussing the remedy has used this reference, so apart from attempting to provide a doctrine of signatures, I can add nothing new. The remedy is prepared from a trituration of the dried seeds which is then made into a tincture. I have used the pillule form to great effect.Clinically it is used in cases of diabetes and diabetic ulcers which reportedly have been cured by using the remedy.

Another symptoms is “prickly heat” rash which consisted of small red papules which itched intensely.The case he discusses was of a male who had eaten a vegetarian diet, he felt weak, had great thirst and copious amounts of urine which he had to pass frequently during the day and night. Excessive dry mouth. The client was advised to follow a “chiefly animal diet” . The client improved rapidly after using the remedy and following the prescribed diet. The sugar in his urine disappeared and he was later able to modify his diet without adverse results.

I used the remedy when I developed an excessively dry mouth, copious flow of urine and excessive thirst that no amount of water could quench. Within a week the symptoms disappeared and has only returned when I have gained weight due to eating too many carbohydrates (especially sugar which I tend to avoid). I cannot say for certain that I was diabetic, but I decided to use the remedy to see what results I would experience. It certainly worked well and when I went for blood work about a year later my fasting blood sugar was normal.

Disclaimer:Please consult a medical practitioner if you have any of the symptoms listed above. This information is not intended to diagnose or treat or prescribe.



3. Clarke, John Henry.A Dictionary of Materia Medica, Vol III. B. Jain Publishers, LTD, New Delhi, India. Reprint 1999.


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