Bottle gourd- Guard against diseases

Lauki, dudhi or bottle gourd holds pride of place in the Indian Ayurvedic medical system. Here is why our ancestors included it in their regular diet, and why it still makes sense to do so.

Lauki is 96.1% water, so is light on the stomach and aids digestion. A 100 gm serving of lauki contains just twelve calories and is ideal if you are watching your weight.

Health benefits of lauki

  • Cooked lauki is cooling, calming and acts as diuretic. It makes you relax after eating. But don’t eat the vegetable raw as it can harm the stomach and intestines.
  • It plays a very important role in treating urinary disorders. Prepare a glass of fresh juice by grating lauki and then mixing it with limejuice. Drink it once a day to combat the burning sensation caused by the high acidity of urine. It can be had along with sulpha drugs to treat urinary infection as it acts as an alkaline diuretic.
  • Lauki juice is an excellent remedy for excessive thirst caused by diarrhea, over consumption of fatty or fried foods, and diabetes. Drink a glass of this juice with a little salt added to it to treat this condition.
  • A glass of lauki juice with a little salt added to it prevents excessive loss of sodium, satiating thirst and keeping you refreshed in summer.

If you are on a low calorie diet, suffering from digestive problems, are diabetic or convalescing, then lauki is must for you as it is easily digestible and low in calories.

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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98 Responses to Bottle gourd- Guard against diseases

  1. Sanjana - Dietitian November 10, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    There are no short cuts to lose weight…Exercise and eat healthy…….

  2. T.S.SUNDARAM. November 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    I reproduce below for the benefit of readers some of the properties of Ash Guard, popularly known in india as “Petha”, which I read recently in a paper.

    Ash guard being low in calories, is used to treat Obesity.
    It maintains PH ratio in our system for the ill effects of excessive acidity in our stomach because of intake of acidic things like softdrinks.
    It tones up digestive system and removes constipation.
    Cough, common cold, fever, influenza, bronchitis , sinusitis, get controlled to some extent depending on one’s constitution.
    It has an effective cure on pyorrhea and bleeding gums.
    More than anything else, this being grown on creepers, has the highest Prana or “Life force” which helps make meditation more effective.

  3. T.S.SUNDARAM November 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    May I share with all of you my view on making juice from vegetables, whether it be, Bitter guard,or Ash guard,or Bottle guard or any other vegetable.

    The very purpose of one consuming the vegetable juice is for health purpose.The recovery from an ailment depends on the availability of all the nutrients contained in the fruits or vegetables used for extracting the juice.
    Juices must always be fresh.Only fresh,LIVE juices are effective for cure of diseases. For example, carotene(which is converted into Vitamin “A”)found in vegetables is very sensitive to oxygen in the air. For example if carrots are shredded and kept unused for for some time most of the Vitamin “A”is oxidised.Similarly, if lemon, orange, musumbi and other citrus fruits which contain Vitamin “C” are preserved for a long time, about 40% of their vitamin “C” is lost.Even a refrigerator cannot prevent this loss.
    These facts emphazise that fruits and vegetables should as far as possible be fresh,and the juice must be extracted as and when required fresh and live, so that all the elements are fairly intact and fresh for consumption.

    Anothermatterofimportanceishowtoextractthe juicefromthe fruits and vegetables.Theyshouldbe washedwell,shredded orcutbeforeextractingthe juice.Then immediately they shouldbeout intothejuicerforextractingthe juice. in shortthe extraction ofjuicemuxt be quick whichever methodone may chosose. The nutritionalelements containedinthe juicemustbe preserved without gettingoxidised.

    Rinda and fibres offruitsand vegetables arerichsourcesofvitamins.Sowhileextractingthe juicecthey shouldbegrushedproperly. Carehastobe takenthatthejuiceready fordrinkimgdoesnotcontain fibreorrind.
    preserved juices losetheirpreciousnutrients.itisalsonotasdvisabletoextractatatimethejuicerequiredforthewholeday. Maximumliveelementswiththeminimumlabourshould be the aim.

    A word aboutdrinkingthe juice.Juiceshouldnotjustbegulpedinonestroke.Itshouldbedrunkslowlywithaspoon orsipbysip.sothat it getsmixedeith saliva which helpsthesugarin the juiceget digested.Within 20to25minutesthejuicewhich goesintothe stomachwillgetdigested.

    Do notaddany sugar,orpepperorsalttothe juice and anyother spice andcondiments.Alsodonotmixthelive juice freshlypreparedwith cannedor bottledjuices

  4. sneha November 24, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    hi sanjana. i’m 39yrs weight 67kgs ht 5’81/2″ .i try to lead a healthy lifestyle with minimum fried items and oil.we hardly have non veg food .i go for walks as often as i can .my dad ,uncles and aunt had heart attacks. my cholestrol is 235 triglyceride 87, hdl 44, ldl 170 total chol/hdl 5.3. do i need to take medicines or is it ok. i don’t have milk at all . i have egg once a week is it ok or can we have 2eggs in a week.we’ve started having lauki juice as well. can we make any other changes in our food husbands chol is 247 and ldl is 179.weight 69kgs and ht 5’11” thanks sneha

  5. varsha December 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Nowdays lauki juice is available in powder form which you have to mix in water and drink on empty stomach. Is that as effective as fresh juice for wt loss?

  6. T.S.SUNDARAM December 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm #


    Yes, Louki’s time has come to be in powder form. Already it is available in juice form in various medical shops. This great guard of health, humble and neglected, joins other health giving herbs and vegetables such as garlic, neem, pepper, ginger, famous amla, cloves , turmeric, tulsi etc, in finding a place on the shelves of chemist shops. All the goodness of Louki will be very conveniently available now for the benefit of health in the hands of everybody in powder and juice form.

    Having said these , it is my personal view that the best way possible to maintain one’s health in a natural way which can nourish every organ of our body and make them active, is by taking juices freshly prepared from vegetables or fruits and consumed as immediately as one could.

    Today markets are flooded with many vegetables in powder form which require just water for mixing and drinking. Fresh juices extracted from raw vegetables have more nutrition and vitality. Minerals, enzymes etc can be consumed also in the natural form,only if juices are prepared fresh from vegetables. Certainly, there will be deterioration in the vitamins, minerals,and enzymes in the powder form of vegetables. Further, the dried powder is a sort of processed item.

    One should therefore as far as possible try to drink juice freshly prepared and not those available in powder form, but in case of those who are frequently on travelling jobs or move frequently from their permanent place of residence, can have the powder handy with them for use on such occasions so that there is no break in their daily habit.

    Today even Ayurvedic institutions are keeping up the time by manufacturing their classic medicines in tablet forms from their traditional packs which are in solid, semi-solid and liquid form, for which they obtain the requisite permission from the authorities concerned. It is therefore ineffectual and fruitless to discuss about the merits and de-merits of Louki in powder form for consumption and one has to accept the same.

  7. K.Radhakrishnan December 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Dear Madam,

    I would like to know that shall we take every day bajri roti or jawari roti. It is good for health please let me know

  8. Payal January 23, 2010 at 12:01 am # it safe to put onions in lauki ki sabzi? coz last night i had and was having bad stomech problem..

  9. T.S.SUNDARAM January 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    This is in response to Payal’s one line message of January 23, 2010.

    I myself tried a dish of onion and lauki and consumed it at dinner time. Though, to me , the combination of onion and lauki as a sabzi did not appeal much at the very first reading of payal’s message, I consumed the prepared dish. I had no stomach problem at night and slept well.The reason for payal’s bad stomach problem may be something else.

  10. Vijesh Kumar February 18, 2010 at 11:08 am #


    I am taking daily 1/2 piece of biiter guard,1/4 piece of lauki (bottle guard), a full piece of carrot and one amla (if available)mixing in a mixture and making juice of these for continuesly past two months.

    Please advice is it good for health taking multiple vege mix juice or I am making some mistake.

  11. T.S.SUNDARAM February 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Mr. Vijesh Kumar’s query is pertinent one. My views are as follows:-

    A diet containing vegetables in juice form consumed is harmless, reliable and without any side effects. Such a diet has been proved as a successful experiment for preventing aging and rejuvenation of the body. Even if such a juice is taken in exceess once in a way, there will be no harm. It is logical to prefer juice therapy to any other risk involying procedure for maintaining one’s health. “Let everything be in Limit” is the Mantra one has to remember always..

  12. mranjanidash February 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    dear madam,
    I m preganant of 4months now doctors detect tht i hv some diabetic problem for which i m taking dieticians advice and under control can i hv lauki in this stage to hv low risk in blood sugar . pls advice me

  13. T.S.SUNDARAM February 26, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Mrs. Mranjanidash:-

    You say you are 4 months pregnant. Already you are looked after by a doctor. And a dietician also is helping you with advice and your blood sugar problem is under control.This being so,it is always better for you to take advices from your doctor and dietician who by now have known more about your state of health , particularly when you are pregnant. Please do not go by what we say . Each one of us will give a different advice and I am totally not for it, particularly when you have facilities on hand to give you advice.

    The above is my personel advice and I conclude this by wishing you all the best.

  14. Koska March 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Why does Lauki juice make you lose weight?
    I have read all the benefits and effects, but I would like to know how does it help in losing weight? What is there in the jucie that is different from other diet drinks?

  15. Prakash K. April 11, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Let me know please as to how to register with you to enable to ask health & diet related questions.

    Prakash K.

  16. Administrator April 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Hi Prakash,

    To ask diet related questions please follow this link

  17. Mandeep Singh Wadhwa April 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    Dear madam,

    I am 45yrs old, weigh 90kgs, and am 176cms tall. My cholestrol level is 230 and triglycerides are 320.

    my questions are
    1. I used to have 250 ml of lauki juice (mixed with karela juice)earlier but have discontinued for last 3 month every alternate day. should i resume.

    2. Are there any adverse effects of mixing lauki juice wiuth karela juice

    3. I intend to have a 250 ml combo of Lauki Juice + karela juice + aloe vera(50ml) + flax seeds. is it okay to have this combo.

    4. How do i reduce tryglycerides without medication.

    Appreciate your advise and assistance in this matter.


  18. Neetu Thakur June 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    I have a Cesarean baby 2 years back, wanted to check if bottle gourd juice & 1 tbsp of flax seed powder can really help me in tuck in my tummy. Will this juice work for Cesarean patient also to reduce weight. Ofcourse i’ll do the brisk walking alongwith.

    Neetu Thakur

  19. Alicja June 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Dear Sanjana,

    i just wanted to thank you for all the information you provided me with and for the wonderful website you run. what you do is amazing!

  20. Nikhil June 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi everyone,

    Lauki is very good for health provided taken in limited quantity else it can be life threatening.

    I use to drink 1.5 glass of lauki juice for 2 weeks . I developed severe low blood pressure one day ( i dont have low BP problem Otherwise) just somehow saved my life.

    Please dont drink too much better less than 1 glass if u have low BP mix honey.Also very important never ever drink bitter Lauki els u r gone please be aware of bad effercts of good things..

  21. Darien September 11, 2010 at 8:20 am #

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  22. Linda October 22, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Will ash gourd help with tremors? If so nwhere can I purchase it?

  23. bindiay chamke December 8, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    I really love this article.

  24. SEEMA April 17, 2011 at 9:46 am #


  25. MANI May 3, 2011 at 9:59 am #


  26. Sanjana - Dietitian May 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Mani,

    bottle gourd juice can help you and do not strain once you belnderise as the soluble fibre in it can help to bring down cholesterol levels.

  27. Sony May 5, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Hai Sanjana.

    I want To became Thin and Beautiful . In My Stomach Cloistral is there . its looking like pregnant lady . So please give the Healthy Tips . I want reduce cloistral from stomach . Please ……………..

  28. d chandra May 7, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    thanks for such a wonderful website helping the needy persons with useful informations ,free !

  29. Vipul May 12, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    You mentioned in your article not to eat the Gourd raw, but it is ok to grate it raw and drink the juice?

    Thank you

  30. Anil K Mangal June 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi Sanjana,
    there is a lot of news now a days regarding deaths due to gourd juice+ kalera juice. My wife who has a marginal blood sugar problen is regularly taking methi seeds (powdered), amla juice and powder of jamun kernels in the morning on empty stomach.
    Kindly advise whether these are safe to take?

    AK Mangal

  31. Anil K Mangal June 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Sorry first like should have read: ………. Gourd juice+Karela juice…….

  32. Diya July 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi Nutrihealth team thanks for a wonderful website. you guys are really doing great job here with such generosity in this era. Keep up the good work going.

  33. sumit August 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    hello mam,
    i am 5’7″ but i am thin and my weight is around 53kg, ,i just want to know how can i increase my weight ,what are the food item i should add in my diet

  34. Dr.nijin October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Ministry issues advisory based on experts’ report

    The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday (Otober 25 2011) asked people to avoid drinking bottle gourd juice if it is bitter. It is consumed in India for controlling diabetes.

    In an advisory to the public and physicians of all Indian systems of medicine, the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, said a small piece of bottle gourd (lauki) should be tasted, before extracting its juice, to make sure that it is not bitter. Also, it should not be mixed with any other juice, and medical help should be sought immediately if one felt discomfort, nausea, vomiting or any feeling of uneasiness after consuming lauki juice.

    The advisory is based on the report of an expert committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research, chaired by S.K. Sharma, head of the Department of Medicine, AIIMS, which was set up to investigate the safety of consuming lauki juice.

    Last year, a senior scientist died and his wife was taken ill seriously after they drank the juice which was bitter. The matter was also raised in Parliament by Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi, MP from Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh.

    The committee said any patient with symptoms of discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and gastrointestinal bleeding after consumption of lauki juice should be put on IV fluids before a detailed examination of the vital organs was carried out. Details of the quantity of the juice consumed and its taste should be recorded.

    As no specific antidote is available, physicians can manage the patients, putting them on IV fluids and blood transfusion including frozen plasma to maintain the haemodynamic and electrolyte balance, and containing gastrointestinal bleeding, according to the committee.

  35. anonymous November 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I have got the news about drinking of bottle gourd that this juice is harmful to health as stated bY AIIMS recently..but u can have the curries or dishes prepared of it..

  36. Lalit Sharma TOTU, Shimla November 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Dear Sir
    I drink Lauki Juice many time in the month of July to September every year, but with the precaution that the Grower of Lauki is not using any chemical fertilizer and pesticide . The result was exlent. So please make sure use the Herbal products if it is chemical Free. The farmer is using only cow dung/ wormy compost, than you are safe.
    Lalit Sharma
    Totu Shimla

  37. Manny November 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I dint understand something here, “Cooked lauki is cooling” now what is cooling? I hear this “cooling” everyday, but I am not able to pull anything on this from the net. Can food actually “cool” you or “heat” you up?
    They say sesame oil bath is “cooling” but sesame seed is “hot”. Papaya is also “hot”
    Can any food actually increase of decrease our body temperature?

  38. shamma January 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Hi..i want to know if i can consume lauki in form of lauki ka raita.According to your article,lauki should not be consumed raw.I have been eating lauki ka raita as a method to loose weight.i mix lauki and curd with cumin tadka.Is it bad for my stomach?

  39. T.S.SUNDARAM January 31, 2012 at 10:36 am #


    When you buy Louki from the vegetable market, it is better if you can taste a piece of the same. If it is bitter, never buy it. it is not good for health. I use louki at least two times a week, not only to prepare dishes out of it, but also sometimes to drink the juice, but care is taken to see that it is not bitter to taste.

    in the same way when you buy Ridge guard, please taste a piece of it If it is bitter, do not buy it. It is not good.

  40. ganesh prasad choudhary February 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Bottle gourd in Jharkhand is called Kaddu and Lauki where as Pumpkin is called Kohara or Kumbhra. They videly eaten in this State and it is aslo cultivated largely. It cooked Raita ( made from boiled gourd ,salt ,sugar and dahi, mustured and zeera seeds paste. It is a fine dish.It is also prepared as vegitable with littel oil and panch foran

  41. abhishree August 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    i heard lauki juice makes you taller,is it true?
    because i am 5’6 and a 16 year old girl,and i wanna become 5’7 or 5’8!
    please do let me know,ASAP!!! please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fast!

  42. Nikhil August 6, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    HI Abhishree,

    There is no such evidence of Lauki juice making someone tall. It is a detox and should be treated as detox. As Lauki cleanse the digestive system and Arteries it is meant to make you active and help loose extra flab it would be a good idea to start swimming or doing streching exersice to keep one’s Back and Spinal cord in proper shape which will make you feel tall 😉 .

    Good luck with your search.


  43. chetan November 1, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    can lauki juice is good for hyper acidity?
    can lauki juice make face lighter and glowing?

  44. Pooja S August 2, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    very nice


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