The Hidden wonders of Ash gourd

The Hidden wonders of Ash gourd

Ash Gourd
Ash Gourd

The Ash gourd also known as white gourd or wax gourd is a single species of tender annual vine believed to have originated in Java. The Chinese have been cultivating it for over 2000 years. It’s medicinal uses first appeared in 659 A.D in the Tang Materia Medica. I don’t know when it arrived in India, but it’s medicinal properties were known to Ayurvedic practitioners over 1000 years ago.

The ash gourd is justly valued for its nutritive and medicinal properties. In Chinese medicine  the rind is used to treat urinary dysfunction and the seeds for vaginal discharge.

The fruit is used to treat summer fevers. In Ayurveda, the fruit is used to treat epilepsy, lung diseases, asthama, coughs, urine retention and internal hemorrhage. The rind is used to treat diabetes and the seeds to expel tapeworms. The juice of the fruit is effective in cases of mercury poisoning and snakebites. Being extremely low in calories, the ash gourd is used to treat obesity. A delicious sweet made by boiling the pulp  in sugar syrup is used to treat general debility, to increase weight after sudden weight loss, weakness of the heart and anemia.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

20 Replies to “The Hidden wonders of Ash gourd”

  1. Dear Dr.Sanjana

    Hi there!! by the way i want to know if ash gourd really helps in reducing weight.Im currently 59kgs. but want to bring it down to 50kgs and wish to remain constant with 50kgs.could u guide me how i can do it and how am i supposed to have the ashgourd as in juice form me.

  2. Hi Nevin,

    It is a low calorie vegetable which is high in water.Hence this veggie will help you to reduce your calorie intake and thereby creating a calorie deficit. So this will help you lose weight.

    It is not a miracle fat burner. You just need to include it in your diet.

    For weight loss, exercise regularly and build up lean muscle.

  3. Hello Dr.Sanjana,

    I changed my diet by reading your posts on this blog, I am taking Lauki Juice every morning for a week and I am getting the results.
    I am also impressed with this article about ‘Ash Gourd’ i want to include that in my diet, but in the place where i am living(Ohio, USA) Ash Gourd is not available but I heard that pumpkin is same family as Ash Gourd, Do i get same results as Ash Gout by having Pumpkins in my diet?

  4. hi sanjana somebody advised me to make the lauki juice with the whole vegetable including the skin and seeds. is it ok?

  5. Hi , i take ashgourd juice one large cup after removing seeds , also i add half cup of water i also clean the skin and add to the mixer is it ok , i suffer from high sugar will this help me , also will i loose weight .

  6. I recognize I always hold returning back again to your blog site. Amazing content. Quite a few many thanks for putting up.


  8. Hi Sanjana, Accidentally i cam across this website and find it amazing. I am 76kg and looking to loose weight but without damaging my figure or bust. i am currently taking ashgourd juice daily with ginger. i go for a daily walk for abt 45mins. pls advice if anything else can be done

  9. Hello Sanjana,

    Where can I purchase the following online. I do not want to deal with profit driven sources, preferring to purchase genuine products which (as near as possible) do not have man made additives.

    1/ Fenugreek,
    2/ Thazhuthama leaf (boerrhavia diffusa),
    3/ Karuka (cynodon dactylon),
    4/ Cheroola / Cherupoola (ervalanata),
    5/ Ash – gourd juice.

    Thanks Sanjana,

    Dan Costello

  10. Hi Sanjana,

    I had a question for you. Will appreciate if you can answer this . I had a total cholestrol of around 257 around a month back with LDL of 165 , HDL of 48 and triglycerides of 207. I then followed a strict regimen of food having only cereals with milk for breakfast, fruits and vegetable salad for lunch, and wheat porridge for dinner. Along with this I had uncooked ash gourd daily for last 35 days. I also did brisk walking for an hour 5- 6 times a week. When I checked my cholestrol the reading was as follows. total 185, HDL 51, LDL 119.6, triglycerides 77. I was happy. But am not sure what had largely contributed to this effect. I plan to continue the exercise and the diet , but would like to know whether I can continue taking ashgourd daily. I was told that this might cause arthritis issues. Kindly advise.

    George C John

  11. Dear Sanjana,

    My wife ,58, is suffering with Ulcerative colitis. Her Hb comes down due to bleeding . is Ash gourd juice good to improve Hb and if yes how much,when to take & how many times. Can it be refrigerated for further use


  12. Hi sanjana,

    Can Ash gourd increase weight. if so pls tell how to use it.. reduced weight. want to increase. Please reply

  13. Hi Sanjana, I read about the benefits of ash gourd juice. Could you please advise if this should be taken on empty stomach in the morning before i go for my morning walk.

  14. Dear Dr. Sanjana,

    I have heard that Ash Gourd and Cucumber are good for High BP persons. I would like to have your suggestion. Pl reply

  15. Hello Dr,

    I started taking a cup of ash gourd from today. I would like to knw wat are the appropriate low calorie diet while having the juice.Well, hope you knw Indian foods include very less low calorie foods so please help me with advicing materials that i can include in my diet. i am currently 65kgs and i would like to bring it down to 55 or so. Please help I’m desperately wishing to loose my wieght.. I am also doing cardio exercises… Is any other exercise in needed?

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