Beach almond, or Terminalia catappa, is a tropical deciduous tree that produces an almond-like edible nut. Traditional healers use the leaves to treat hepatitis and other liver diseases, dermatitis, dysentery, diarrhea and cancer. Active ingredients include flavonoids, tannins, saponins and sterols, and the plant has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and liver-protective properties. A study by S. Kinoshita and colleagues published in the November 2007 issue of “Phytomedicine” tested a leaf extract on animals with induced liver damage. The study found that the tannin known as corilagin scavenged free radicals and reduced oxidative damage in the liver, thereby repairing and protecting liver tissue. This study supports the traditional use of the plant in treating liver diseases and its ability to repair liver damage. Consult a health care professional before using this herb, since the long-term effects are not known. Do not use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.