Ayurveda Health Benefits of Watermelon

Ayurveda recommends ripe water melon for erectile dysfunction, male infertility. Its rind for PCOS, weight loss. Its juice face pack for acne, pimple, wrinkles. Water melon seed oil is used for hair and dry skin

It’s summer and the heat is on. The rising mercury levels indicate arrival of summer. The seasonal fruit of summer is watermelon. Juicy pulp of this fruit cools body, quenches thirst and satiates taste buds. The main constituent (92%) of this fruit is water. But the remaining small portion of nutrients plays a big role in nourishing our body. This fruit is very beneficial for men who suffer from ed or erectile dysfunction.

Watermelons are store houses of vitamins.  These vitamins are very essential to maintain the health of body tissues.  Organs like skin, Eyes, bones (asthi dhatu) and brain are benefited when this fruit is consumed.

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Watermelon – An Ayurveda View

Ayurveda medicinal properties of watermelon

Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction

Watermelon for Male Infertility

Watermelon for PCOS and Obesity

Home remedies with watermelon

Watermelon – An Ayurveda View

Botanical Name of this fruit is  Citrullus lanatus . It belongs to Family Curcurbitaceae. Ayurveda eulogises this fruit with as

  • Kaalinda,kalinga – Ayurveda acharya sushruta found this fruit growing on banks of indus river.
  • Krishnabeeja – fruits which have black seeds
  • Suvartula – perfectly round shaped fruit

Fruits, seeds, flowers and root are the plant parts which are used in preparation of ayurvedic medicines.

This fruit has different names in Indian languages.

English  – Watermelon

Hindi  – Tarbuja, Tarbuz

Kannada – Kallangadi

Bengali  – Tarmuja

Marathi  – Kalingada

Gujarati  – Tadbuja

Tamil  – Komati

Telugu  – Panchkaya, Tarbhuja

Punjabi  – Tarabuuja

Ayurveda medicinal properties of watermelon

Various ayurvedic texts describe medicinal properties of this fruit.

Ripe Melon

It tastes sweet (madhura rasa) and increases body heat (ushna veerya) and is alkaline in nature (kshara) . It balances kapha dosha and vata dosha but increases pitta dosha. Ripe fruit nourishes all seven dhatu (santharpana and Pushti vardhana), it boosts strength (balya), enhances sexual energy and stamina (vrushya), increases fertility in men (veerya vardhana), Reduces burning sensation (daha) and thirst (trushna), and relieves fatigue (shramapaha).

Unripe Melon

Unripe watermelon is not recommended in many health conditions. Even though it acts as a body coolant (sheeta veerya) , it is heavy to digest. It harms health of eye and reduces shukra dhatu (shukrarth). It absorbs moistness of tissues (grahi). It balances pitta dosha.

Seeds of Watermelon

Seeds of watermelon act as best body coolants and increase urine output ( diuretic or mutrala). It nourishes body tissues (Pushti vardhana).  Ayurveda vaidyas recommend these seeds in cystitis and uti.

Watermelon seed oil contains glycerides of linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic and stearic acids. Hence this is used in ayurvedic hair oil and in ayurvedic oils for skin. They nourish, moisturise and boost health of hair and skin. This oil can be used in Ayurvedic treatment and home remedies for dry skin, dry scalp and hair home remedies, psoriasis and wrinkles.

Flowers of watermelon

Flowers are best body coolants and soothe inflamed urinary tract and bladder. They are used in various home remedies.

Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction

According to principles of Ayurveda watermelon nourishes body tissues specially shukra dhatu . Healthy shukra dhatu helps to increase sexual energy, stamina and fertility in men. It also helps in management of testosterone level.

Researchers and scientists say that the water melon is a rich source of an amino acid called citrulline . Citrulline gets converted to arginine. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels.  Thus dilated blood vessels increase blood flow to injured tissues and hasten the healing process.  This property also helps men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.  Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are benefited by regular consumption of this fruit.

The juicy melons are rich in potassium. Potassium helps to control high blood pressure. As there is a link between erectile dysfunction and blood pressure, men are doubly benefited by use of this fruit. Thus watermelon can be best natural remedy for erectile dysfunction.

The rich dietary fiber content in this fruit help in relieving the constipation. The soluble fibers aid in reduction of blood cholesterol. A plateful of Watermelon chunks can be used as desert and as well as herbal remedy for constipation. These factors help to keep erectile dysfunction due to constipation and erectile dysfunction due to increased cholesterol at bay. Try to use rind of ripe watermelon.

Watermelon for Male Infertility

Texts of Ayurveda praise watermelon as vrushya (aphrodisiac) and veeryavardhaka (increases sperm count and motility). This can be used in vajikarana diet while undergoing vajikarana therapy at home. But one word of precaution, always use ripe fruit pulp (without rind) and never use unripe fruit as it reduces sperm count and motility. Antioxidants are another treasure which we can harness from this fruit. These antioxidants help to reduce inflammation and eliminate body toxins (ama), which in turn boost sperm health. Watermelon reduces acidity and provides alkaline environment to body tissues which help to optimise their functions.

Watermelon for PCOS and Obesity

Watermelon is best food for PCOS. Instead of pulp, using its rind is more beneficial. The rind also contains citrulline which transform in body and help to boost fat loss, increase sensitivity of cells to insulin and also increase body stamina to perform more physical exercise. It also helps to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and also eliminates body toxin. The fibers in rind help to prevent food craving and controls appetite. It is also as natural remedy for constipation.

Home remedies with watermelon

In summer drink a glass of watermelon juice daily with a dash of rock salt (sendha namak) and cumin powder.  This quenches thirsts, replenishes water and salts which we have lost through sweat.  Thus maintains water electrolyte balance. This drink also acts as best ayurvedic skin detox at home. It also increases urine output, reduces inflammation of urinary tract.

Eat a bowl full of watermelon pulp before break-fast and lunch.  The fiber content of this fruit fills the stomach and satiates hunger signals. Thus the consumption of regular diet reduces and helps towards achieving weight loss.

Wash the face thoroughly with soap or face wash. Pat dry skin and apply watermelon juice evenly on skin. Wash it off after 20 minutes. The beneficial constituents of watermelon help to close skin pores, heal acne- pimples and repair skin which is damaged due to sunrays. The juice tightens the skin and makes it wrinkle free.  Why can’t you try this beneficial herbal face pack often ?

In many households of India, watermelon root juice is used to stop uterine bleeding which happens due to miscarriage or abortion.

Juice of rind is given in diarrhoea

In villages ash of dried watermelon rind is applied on mouth ulcers.

So In summer a bowl of watermelon a day keeps the summer diseases away.

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Author: Dr.Savitha Suri , Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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