Snake Gourd

The scientific name of Snake Gourd: Trichosanthes cucumerina

Name of Snake Gourd in different languages:-

English: Snake Gourd

Sanskrit: अमृतफल Amritaphala, patola, Bijagarbha

Hindi: चचिंडा Chachinda

Tamil: Pudalankaai-புடலங்காய்

Malayalam: Padavalanga-പടവലങ്ങ

Plant description:

It is a tropical climber vine, that grows up to 10-15 meters, long, the leaf blade is broadly ovate, up to 10 cm long, and 11 cm broad, membranous, deeply 5 to 7-lobed triangular. The fruit is narrow, soft-skinned, and corky inside and contain flat seeds, mature it turns into a spongy inner, it is used as a vegetable in addition to medicinal purpose; it can reach up to 150 cm long. The flowers are white, attractive, and lacy, open at night.

Useful plant parts:

Fruits, Leaf

Medicinal uses:

Snake gourd has been utilized in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits. It is believed to have diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties. However, it’s important to note that while snake gourd is valued in traditional practices, scientific research on its medicinal properties is ongoing. As with any herbal remedy, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before using snake gourd for therapeutic purposes. To treat pitta disorders, burning sensation, diabetes, anorexia, worm infestation, fever, general weakness, flatulence, constipation, constipation, and skin diseases.

Chemical contents:

Cucumerina, Cucurbitacin, Hydragogue.

Snake Gourd is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurvedic medicines like:


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