Cashew Medicinal Uses

The juice from the pericarp promotes flow of urine and the alcoholic solution of the pericarp expels worms. The juice of the ripe fruit is good for dysentery.


(Anacardium occidentale) Cashew is a widespread tree, grown in all tropical countries. Generally it has a crooked trunk. The leaves are oval in shape with rounded tips. The yellowish flowers are small, crowned at the tips of the branches and the petals are sometimes with pink stripes. The fruit is pear-shaped, producing a kidney-shaped nut outside and under the fruit. The cashew nut is well-known as a delicacy.

Parts Used: Leaves, bark, fruits and gum.


Medicinal Use

  • Diarrhea, diabetes, infectious swellings and mouth ulcers
  • Relieves toothaches, sore gums, and dysentery
  • Promotes the flow of urine
  • Alcoholic solution of the pericarp is used to expel worms from the body. It is an effective insecticide.

How to Use

  • The bark of the tree is used in decoction for diarrhea, diabetes, swellings and mouth ulcers.
  • Infusion of the leaves and the bark relieves toothaches, sore gums and dysentery.
  • The juice from the pericarp promotes flow of urine and the alcoholic solution of the pericarp expels worms. The juice of the ripe fruit is good for dysentery.
  • The gum extracted from the bark is an effective insecticide.

Caution: The oil obtained from cashew raw nuts must not be used on warts, blisters, corns and ulcers as suggested by some people. The raw milk nut must not be used by pregnant women for it may provoke abortion as the milk of the raw nut is very caustic and poisonous. By drying and roasting the nut the poisonous property is removed and when the skin is taken off, the nut is a nutritious food.

To know more on how to prepare and use herbs, visit How to Use Plant Material as Medicine

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  1. I love hot cashews.

  2. this is a really beautiful article. i never saw a cashew tree before and they look so great hanging from the branches. Nature is great. it provides so much natural medicines and herbs. thanks very much for creating and sharing. this entire series is really helpful, educational and informative.

  3. Wow, very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Excellent article. I love cashews.

  5. Have come across cashews but never knew they had medicinal value.

  6. I love cashews, and I’m glas that they have so many health benefits.

  7. Cashews are so tasty but very expensive :( Good article, Gift.

  8. Great article. I am a little hesitant to drink its milk as I am afraid by some fluke it wouldn’t be cooked enough and get sick from the toxicity. But I enjoyed reading this.

  9. great share! thanks!

  10. Great write! I learned alot from this article.

  11. Thanks for the information. I enjoy eating cashew nuts but never realised the whole plant could be used to cure various ailments.


  12. Cashew nuts have been used in cooking. Surprise to know that other parts of this plant can be so useful. Great share.

  13. Very good share.

  14. wonderful, i only know I love to eat cashew nuts, without knowing the medicinal benefits.

  15. You are a brilliant writer, Thank you. I love opening up my triond and finding you there with a nother great and informational article. Triond deffinently has a keeper…

  16. nice post, i like it

  17. Useful information, thanks. Am in the process of finishing a small bag of cashews.

  18. Excellent article. I love cashews

  19. Nice one Gift cheers

  20. very useful

  21. I love cashews, gift. Thanks for sharing this information.

  22. i really love cashews.. good to know that they have plenty of benefits. =p

  23. very good cashews. I love them always.

  24. I didn’t know cashew was good for toothache.

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