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

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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20 Responses to The Hidden wonders of Ash gourd

  1. nevin June 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    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. Sanjana - Dietitian June 25, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    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. sandeep August 30, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    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. gowri reddy November 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    how much ash gourd juice should be consumed .

  5. Sanjana - Dietitian November 10, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    About 100 ml to 150 ml per day is more than sufficient…

  6. shilpa November 18, 2009 at 12:11 am #

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

  7. Sanjana - Dietitian November 18, 2009 at 10:23 am #

    With skin, the juice wont taste good enough. Remove the skin while juicing, But if you are making a vegetable preparation with this veggie, then you need not remove the skin.

  8. sam January 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    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 .

  9. Sanjana - Dietitian February 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi Sam, you will lose weight if you are following a low calorie diet and exercising daily along with drinking this juice.

  10. k.srinivasa rao February 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Hi, i daily take one glass of ash gourd juice with honey and lime along with the pulp is it okay

  11. Dannie Hultquist June 20, 2011 at 10:28 am #

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

  12. SHANTHIPRASADJAIN June 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm #


  13. Diya July 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    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

  14. Dan Costello July 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    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

  15. george September 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    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

  16. 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


  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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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