Dates are valuable as medicine for their
tonic effect. Being easily digested, they are very useful for supplying
energy and repairing waste. Milk in which clean and fresh dates have been
boiled is a very nourishing and restorative drink to children and adults
alike, especially during convalescence.
The nicotinic content in dates is an
excellent remedy for intestinal disturbances. Liberal use of dates keeps
in check the growth of pathological organisms and helps to establish a
colony of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
The date is a laxative food. It is highly
beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it
stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be immersed in water at night and
taken after making them into a fine syrup the next morning to secure
Dates are also an excellent remedy for
alcoholic intoxication. In such cases, drinking water in which fresh dates
have been rubbed or soaked will bring quick relief.
Besides, dates are an effective remedy for
weak heart. Dates soaked overnight in water and crushed in the same water
in the morning after removing the seeds should be taken at least twice a
week in this condition. It will strengthen the heart.
Sexual weakness can also benefits from
dates. A handful of dates soaked in fresh goat's milk overnight should be
ground in the same milk in the morning. A pinch of cardamom powder and
honey should be mixed in this preparation. This becomes a very useful
tonic for improving sex stamina and sterility due to functional disorders.
However, as a precaution, dates require
great care for selection. The sticky surface of the date attracts dust and
impurities of the air to settle there. It is, therefore, advisable to
purchase the best varieties in good packing condition and to wash them
thoroughly before use.