For centuries in indigenous medicine around the world, carambola's anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, and antihemorrhagic properties have been used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, form chronic headache and colds, to gastroenteritis, postpartum edema, and worm infestation. Some traditional applications of starfruit that have proven to be effective over time include:
Relieving nausea. This tropical fruit is widely used to alleviate the symptoms of hangover.
Aiding coagulation. Carambola have been traditionally used for halting hemorrhages and relieving bleeding hemorrhoids.
Additionally, preliminary research has supported the uses of carambola for:
Lowering blood sugar. Starfruit has hypoglycemic properties, decreasing blood glucose levels.
Eliminating worm infestations. As an anthelmintic, carambola leaf extract effectively helps to exterminate and expel parasites.
Relieving ulcers. Due to its triterpenoid, flavonoid, and mucilage content, carambola has partial anti-ulcer activity.