Herbs Guide


Family Name: Myrtaceae

Botanical Name(s): Syzygium Cumini

Popular Name(s): Jambul, Jamun, Jaman, Black Plum, Faux Pistachier, Indian Blackberry, Jambol, Doowet and Jambolan.

Parts Used: Stems and Leaves

Habitat: It is native to India and Indonesia. It is also grown in other areas of southern Asia including Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Description: A fairly fast growing species, it can reach heights of up to 30 m and can live more than 100 years. Its dense foliage provides shade and is grown just for its ornamental value. The wood is strong and is water resistant. The plant grows with lance-shaped leaves and greenish yellow flowers. The ripened fruit has a scent and taste of ripe apricots.

Uses: The fruit and seeds are used in the treatment of diabetes. Research has shown that it has significant hypoglycemic action in both the urine and blood and, therefore, of value to diabetics. A number of herbal medicines are proving helpful in this area, including the bilberry as well as jambul. Tests show that even small amounts of jambul will rapidly reduce blood and urine sugar levels.