29 responses

  1. Srikanth
    June 14, 2009

    Hi Sanjana,

    I recently gone thru a research article posted by a doctor, which says that bitterness in bottle guard or in any Cucurbitaceae family can prove to be extremely toxic and can have adverse effect on the human body. What is your opinion on that?. Is there any special advice to the readers and followers of such alternate medicines?.

    Thanks for your time and reply.

    Srikanth M.

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      June 15, 2009

      Hi Srikanth,
      Yes, my first advice to all those who follow treatments through alternate forms of medicine should see the qualifications of the doctor to whom they are consulting as there are a lot of fake doctors who do a 3 month stint in Thailand or South India and call themselves”doctors”. The composition of these medicines are also fake where they add steroids to speed up the healing or treatment. I have seen several patients suffer kidney failure or get steroid induced diabetes and on questioning them well, we discover that the sources are “Ayurvedic medicines”. There are very good qualified practitioners who have their theory and practical right and Ayurveda and homeopathy are complex fields which require years of study and practice.

      About the bitter gourd query, any food taken in excess can become toxic depending on the nutritional value as excess of any nutrient is toxic. Hence an intake of variety of food will help you in preventing any of the toxicity. Even obesity is a kind of toxicity as it is due to excess of nutrients in the body.

  2. srabani das
    August 16, 2009

    I am 42 years old female ..I have started drinking one glass of ‘Lauki’ Juice daily morning since last seven days… for losing weight.

    1) I would like to know .. what is the right quantity .. and how long should I continue ?

    2) Should I have the juice daily ?

    3) What is the process for making the Juice ?


    Srabani Das

  3. Ramakrishnan
    October 31, 2009

    As per the advice I am having Louki juice 250 ml every day.
    The man who supplies comes late
    Is it required to be had on empty stomach.
    I used to have about 2000 ml of luke warm water every morning. Can I continue with it.
    As the person is coming late can i have water can i store the same and have it next day.

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      November 10, 2009

      Remember never store juices…Storing will destroy the nutrients in it.. Rather make it at home and consume immediately….

  4. sabaa
    November 20, 2009

    am 24 years old female ..I am plannin to start takin lauki juice in morning?? does it really hepl in weight loss??

    1) I would like to know .. what is the right quantity .. and how long should I continue ?

    2) Should I have the juice daily ?

    3) What is the process for making the Juice ?
    4) plzz tell me juice sholud be made of raw or bolied lauki..
    waiting eagerly for ur reply..plzzz


    • honey
      March 6, 2010

      ) I would like to know .. what is the right quantity .. and how long should I continue Should I have the juice daily ?

  5. Irene
    December 20, 2009


    can you please email me on how to make the juice.

    also, if i should have it on empty stomach, how many glasses can i have a day.

    i want to lose weight.

    thank you

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      December 21, 2009

      One glass per day is sufficient….

  6. Sam
    February 21, 2010

    hi mam ,
    i sam ,i want a suggestion from u that i want put on weight…hw will i go go about it.

    my height is -170 cm
    and my weight is -56kg

    plz help me out

    • honey
      March 6, 2010


  7. honey
    March 6, 2010

    how to reduce my weight

  8. Aurobindo
    October 30, 2010

    Dear madam,

    I want to make lauky with butter milk juce for commercial purpose. Is there any harm to body or it will serve a good drinks. potassium sorbate as a preservative.


  9. S.i Pathan
    November 22, 2010





  10. shaleen
    February 17, 2011

    Hello Sanjanaji,

    You mentioned in another of your articles, that Bottle-Gourd should not be eaten raw because it causes stomach upsets,

    Please clarify whether the juice from raw Dudhi won’t cause any stomach problems.

    Thanks for all the wonderful articles.


    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      February 24, 2011

      Hi Shaleen,

      Some people do not tolerate raw vegetable juices as they do not have the enzymes to break down fiber, hence may experience bloating and cramping in the stomach. So you will need to try whether dhudi juice works or not…

      thanks for the compliments

  11. Surya
    March 10, 2011

    Hello,Greetigs, the answers and suggessions are really helpful.I am 31 years male with 75KGs weight and had 240LDL cholostrol. Please advise me th best treatement to lose weight or lower my cholestrol.

  12. Tulasi
    March 16, 2011

    any body can take a bottlegourd juice pl tell 9 years child can take pl reply

  13. Raj
    June 25, 2011

    “bitterness in bottle guard or in any Cucurbitaceae family can prove to be extremely toxic ” yes is it very much true, my dad was consuming a glass fo raw bottle gound jucie every day for his heart blocks. One day he got a bitter one blod motiions and vomitings started immediately after 5 mins of consumbtion, he was hospatilised with in an hour and he had contionious vomitings and blood motions for 2 days and luckly he survived.

  14. Mary Attwood
    September 14, 2011

    I would like to know if I can order bottle gourd juice in London anywhere? If not, can I order it from you?

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      September 25, 2011

      Hi Mary,

      I dont think its available in London, but if you can pick up the vegetable at an Indian market, you can juice it at home to get its best.

  15. ayur
    September 26, 2011

    good article.
    its “zeera” and not “jeera”

  16. poornima
    October 3, 2011

    I want to reduce my weight & bulge tummy & waist so tell me how to use bottle gourd juice.

    Please mail me.

    Thank u.

  17. CRE
    October 26, 2011
  18. Anna
    November 13, 2011

    Hi, where can I purchase ash gourd juice? Does it work for epilepsy?

  19. Sanjoo Sharma
    November 14, 2011

    Dear Sanjana,

    It’s Sanjoo Sharma from New Delhi, India….Need your suggestion on my Mom health.

    My Mom (62 years) having problems like BP, Sugar, KFT (where Blood Urea is 48.2, Blood Urea Nitrogen is 22.53 & Cretatine is around 1.73 where Uric Acid, Total Protein & Albumin is normal) and Thyroid (T3 — 57, T4 — 4.1 & TSH is 23.6). He Sodium, Calcium and Potassium is also in range.

    Please suggest that can she have Bottle Gourd juice daily/alternate days or not…Also can she have Bottle Gourd in food like we cook at home ???


  20. vanita patel
    November 28, 2011

    Hello Sanjana Mam,

    As i want to reduce weight with bottle guard juice..pls let me know that can i store it in refrigerate overnight and can have it in early morning on empty stomach ??? bcz in the morning time i can not make the fresh juice as making juice creates noise which would disturb the others sleep. or will it be beneficial to drink bottle guard juice after dinner/ at time of dinner.

    pls advice.

    Vanita Patel

  21. chaitra k kini
    May 2, 2012

    hello sanjana,

    it was great pleasure meeting u personally in Yenepoya hospital. my mom had eaten biscuits everyday , as she had LDL profile high it again increased with this biscuits. i never knew many thing before meeting u. good information in ur website. right time i met right person thank God!!!! so i hope some positive things happening with my Total cholestral count.
    thank u

  22. Suryanarayana
    September 22, 2012

    I have some blocks of 40 % in the distributaries of blood vesels and not in main arteries. To remove the blocks, what type of juices or diet I have to use. Quantity, how long, how much per day etc. I have been tested positive in TMT for last 10 years and I have not used any medicines for this. One of my friend suggested to use bottle gourd juice of 250 ml per day for 2-3 months. After reading other reports here, I am requesting Sanjanaji to reply to my e mail at the earliest.
    I am a vegetarian and living in Bangalore.

    Thanking you in advance.

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