In alternative medicine, particularly in Eastern traditions, the pomegranate is widely used as a remedy, and is used in its entirety. For example, in the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine the root and bark are considered and used as a vermifuge against intestinal parasites; dried extracts of pomegranate peel, also help cure canker sores and ulcers. The extracts of the flower are used in Unani medicine as a remedy for diabetes.
Pharmacological studies have confirmed these properties: the extracts from pomegranate flowers have a hypoglycemic property that improves glucose tolerances after a meal. It has also been observed that some other properties of the pomegranate flowers have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects: the extracts from the flowers inhibit factors that induce toxicity and inflammation, and their action is particularly noticeable in the liver. Other studies have been carried out to try and understand the role of pomegranate flower extracts on fat metabolism. It has been observed that treatment with pomegranate flower extracts improve the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood.
This is an important discovery because of the implications it may have in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, as well as complications with diabetes, which is often associated with the problems of fat metabolism.