FUN FACTS

BN:Hylocereus undatus  AKA 火龙果 Huǒlóng guǒ, strawberry pear, pitaya, buah naga, nanettika fruit, Kaktus madu, Cereus triangularis, Belle of the Night, Jesus in the Cradle.  Eating too much red-colored dragon fruit can turn urine reddish (like beets).  You can grow dragon fruit cactus from the seeds in the fruit.

CONSTITUENTS/ NUTRITION

Lycopene, VitaminB and C, iron, calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants.  Seeds have omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid, fiber, phytoalbumins, palmitic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid.

USES/ BENEFITS

Diabetes and normalizing blood sugar.  White dragon fruit juice  significantly improved hyperglycemia and insulin resistance in mice that were on a high fat diet.  Mild laxative. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.  Heals sunburns, solved acne, wrinkles, and darkspot when applied topically.

CAUTION

Dragon fruit's oxalic acid content may cause problems for people with kidney disease, kidney failure, or kidney stones. ² People who suffer rheumatoid arthritis or vulva pain should not eat this fruit.²  If you don't know whether you are sensitive to oxalic acid, talk to your doctor.

If you have diabetes, be careful to only eat half at a time.  I made the mistake of eating a whole one and my blood sugar shot up to over 250.  I think it's because it's soft and quick to digest.

TYPES

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus), Genus: Hylocereus Species: Hylocereus undatus

How to eat it: Cut fruit in half and scoop out the sweet meat inside like one would a kiwi or yogurt.  Alternatively, it's easy to peel it like an apple and then slice the meat into chunks.  Yellow dragon fruit is much sweeter than red and often 25% more expensive.  At roughly $5 per fruit, it really is a delicacy.  So delicious!

               

PRODUCTS

Google "Hylocereous undatus" or "dragon fruit" with any of the following categories to find the variety of products.  Below are links to some samples - not a comprehensive list.  You can buy fresh dragon fruit at Hong Kong Supermarket in Austin for about $6 each.  Much more expensive online.

GROWING

USDA Zones— 9 to 11.  Dragon fruit is shade tolerant and resistant to drought.   Dragon fruit can be damaged by frost and does not like temperatures over 100°F.  They prefer loamy, sandy or stony moderately saline soils with good drainage.¹

Propagation Method — Seeds, vegetative propagation.  Dragon fruit is a climbing cactus and needs support to climb on.  It's flowers at night and relies on bats and moths to pollinate.  Because of the need to hand pollinate, many commercial entities have created self pollinating varieties.

Farming dragon fruit in Florida

Growing in a home garden (pruning and trellis).

TCM NOTES

This information is for education purposes only.  Seek the advice of your physician before taking any home remedies, herbs, or supplements.

PropertiesTreatmentsUsageCautionsFormulas
Temp Taste Ent. Meridians Photo
cold
 

Name
火龙果
 Huǒlóng gu
sweet

lung

Action

tonifies yin

Indications/Issues Description / Symptoms Usefulness(1-10)
Diabetes   High Blood Sugar  ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦

 

Actions Actions Actions
 Tonifies Yin

DOSAGE information found online

Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

 

PARTS USED

• Bark

***Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.***

Contraindications
Drugs Interactions

 

Herb Interactions

Xiang Fan/ Incompatibility:

Xiang Wei/ Counteraction:

Xiang Sha/ Suppression:

Xiang Wu / Antagonism:

Xiang Xu/ Accentuation:

Xiang Shi/ Enhancement:

The roots of this herb is an ingredient in the following formulas:

Editor Notes

My first time trying this fruit was a few months ago when my mother brought it for Thanksgiving.  She said it's a very useful fruit, but couldn't really articulate all its benefits.  I'll be adding this to my diabetes food list.

 

REFERENCES

  1. cabi.org 2/8/2018
  2. renegadehealth.com 2/8/2018

 

This information in this post came from many sources, including class notes, practitioners, websites, webinars, books, magazines, and editor's personal experience.   Always consult a doctor prior to using herbal medicine.  The information here is strictly for educational purposes.

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