Accession Number: pdtdbp00058

Details of the Plant

Plant Name : Ivy gourd
Alternative Names : Coccinia indica, Scarlet gourd, Kowai, கோவை, கோவைக்காய், கோவைப்பழம்
Scientific Name : Coccinia grandis
Medicinal Parts : Fruit, Leaf, Stem, Root
Plant Category : Vegetable, Herb
2° Metabolites (3/11) :
β-Amyrin, Cephalandrine A, Cephalandrine B, Cephalandrol, Cucurbitin B, Lupeol, β-Sitosterol, Stigma-7-en-3-one, Taraxerol, Taraxerone, Tritriacontane
Phytochemical IDs : pdtdbl00231, pdtdbl00027, pdtdbl00230
Plant Description :

The different medicinal utilities of Ivy gourd are attributed to its various parts such as leaves, fruits, root and stem. Some household uses and remedies of different part of Ivy Gourd are:

Leaves have been used in

  • Skin diseases such as ring worm, itching, skin eruptions as seen in small pox, scabies.
  • Sinus which has been there for a long time
  • Various gastro-intestinal disturbances
  • Causing cooling effects to the eyes
  • In fever to alleviate body temperature
  • Gonorrhea
  • Diabetes or increased glucose in urine
  • Expectorant
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Problems related with respiratory tract

Fruits have been known to cure

  • Sores on tongue
  • Eczema

Stems have been used as home remedy for treatment of

  • Asthma and bronchitis
  • Diabetes and increased blood in urine (a condition known as glycosuria)
  • Gastro-intestinal disturbance
  • Skin disease
  • Urinary tract infection

Roots of Ivy gourd have been shown to be useful in the treatment of

  • Joint pains
  • Painful mouth ulcers
  • Wheezing and phlegm
  • Skin diseases
  • Diabetes and glycosuria

In India, it is eaten as a curry, by deep-frying it along with spices, stuffing it with masala and sauteing it, or boiling it first in a pressure cooker and then frying it. It is also used in sambar, a vegetable and lentil-based soup.

Plant Keywords : Ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis, Coccinia indica, Scarlet gourd, Kowai, கோவை, கோவைக்காய், கோவைப்பழம்
Plant References :
Ivy gourd

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