Fruit within hard thin shell is partly dry, flexible, containing juice and seeds. The skin, juicy part, and seeds taste pleasantly sweet. Use to relieve sunstroke, moisten the lungs, eliminate phlegm, stop cough, and promote bowel movements.
Directions for Use:
For heat stroke with thirst: Take one fruit, break it open and stir into boiled water. Drink the liquid in place of tea.
For acute or chronic throat inflammation; aphonia. Take half a fruit and 3-5 seeds of sterculia. Cover with water and simmer, then swallow very slowly.
For chronic cough. Take 1 piece of fruit, cover with water, simmer, and drink the liquid. Do this twice each day.
For constipation in the aged. Take 2 pieces of fruit, obtain the juicy part and the seed (put the shell aside for other uses), break apart, cover with water, and simmer. Drink before going to bed.
For diabetes. Take an appropriate measure of the fruit and crush it or simmer it into a thick juice and add to food being prepared, using it as a substitute for sugar.