The Ash Gourd belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae and Benincasa hispida is its binomial name. It is recognized for its medicinal properties in Ayurveda System of Medicine. It is also commonly known as Wax Gourd, Winter Melon, Green Pumpkin. It is not just the fruit, which is useful, but its seeds and seed oil is equally useful. Ash gourd is easily available throughout India. Understanding the Key benefits of Ash Gourd It helps in treating Acid reflux syndrome with the help from its active principles such as Terpenes, Flavanoid C, glycosides and sterols, since they have antioxidant effects which help in inhibiting gastric mucosal damage. It helps in treating Purpura Due to its alkaline property it is used as diuretic or bladder purifier It also acts as an Aphrodisiac i.e. a substance, which increases sexual potency and as an Appetizer It is an important ingredient in various Ayurvedic medicines for treating bleeding disorders and helps in improving body weight and is ideal for diabetic patients It helps in combating general debility and treats mental disorders by stabilizing nerve cells. It often has bronchodilator effect on patients, through an antihistamine activity (H1 receptor-antagonism) It also acts as an Antidiarrheal agent and provides relief from constipation The pulp of Ash Gourd is a rich source of vitamin B and C and is also an excellent remedy for tapeworms. With the help of Ash Gourd one can also get relief from symptoms of morphine withdrawal In case of a burn, topical application of Ash Gourd pulp is also highly beneficial.
Classic Ayurvedic medicines which are prepared with Ash Gourd Kushmand Avleha Kushmand Khanda Kushmand Rasayan How it is used, across India? In Northern India it is used to prepare a candy called Petha In South Indian cuisines, it is traditionally used to make a variety of curries. Soup or vegetable dish also can be possible In Southeast Asia winter melon tea or Winter melon punch is famous