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.

About Sanjana Shenoy

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.

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20 Responses to The Hidden wonders of Ash gourd

  1. Shakti November 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    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


  2. navya January 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi sanjana,

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

  3. AC March 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    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.

  4. MANIK March 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    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

  5. nanie May 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    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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