Tamarind is used as a laxative and for tummy upsets. It is antiseptic, used in eye baths and for the treatment of ulcers. Over ripe fruits can be used to clean copper and brass, a common practice in colonial times.
Tamarind is a standard ingredient throughout India and South east Asia in curries, chutneys, lentil and bean dishes as well as in famous hot and sour soups. The juice is made into a refreshing drink in both the Middle East and the West Indies. Tamarind is also one of the ingredients in the famous Worcestershire sauce. Tamarind is also used as preservative and as acidulant in foods.