According ayurveda Ash gourd is used in men for erectile dysfunction and low sperm count. It helps in weight gain, constipation, Cystitis and UTI, very good for brain health and improves skin glow and fairness.
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Ash Gourd in Ayurveda
The fruit Kushmanada belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. Its botanical name is Benincasa Hispida . It is also known as ash gourd or wax gourd. This plant trails on ground and has hairy leaves. The young fruit is hairy. The fruit loses it hair and gets a waxy coat when matures. The length of matured fruit will be 1-1.5 ft . This plant is cultivated in south East Asia .The seeds of this fruit are flat and white in colour.
Fruits of this plant are widely used for cooking in India, Pakistan and China. Many delectable dishes like peta, (a sweet dish), soups and curries are prepared by this fruit.
Texts of ayurveda mention this fruit with different names.
- kushmaanda- the seeds of this fruit do not have hot property. that means they act as body coolants.
- pushpaphala – this fruit grows along with flower
- bruhatphala – very huge fruit
- valleephala – it grows on a creeper.
It is known by different names in Indian local languages.
Hindi – peta, rakasaa, bhatua
punjabi – peta
bengali – kumadaa
gujaraati – bhuru kohal
telagu – gummadi
marathi – dudhi bopla
malayalam – kumpalam
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Ash Gourd or White Gourd
Texts of ayurveda explain health benefits of this fruit as follows
Matured Fruit is light to digest (laghu) and sweet to taste (madhura rasa). It cools the body (sheeta veerya) and acts as a brain tonic. It improves moistness of tissues (snigdha). It balances Vata Dosha and Pitta Dosha
Moderately ripe ash gourd increases kapha dosha and matured fruit balances all three doshas.
Ash Gourd Benefits for Male
This fruit is eulogised as vrushya or aphrodisiac. Acharyas recommend to use this fruit as ayurveda remedy for erectile dysfunction. It is also beneficial in oligospermia ( low sperm count and motility) ayurvedic treatment. Regular consumption of this fruit helps to increase quality and quantity of semen.
The pulp of the matured fruit helps to increase quality and quantity of semen. Hence it is used in Vajikarana Therapy preparations. The herbal preparations of this fruit help to increase the body energy level and strength. It improves stamina and energy.
Ash Gourd for Weight Loss and PCOS
People who are suffering from obesity and want to loose weight can add this fruit to their ayurvedic PCOS and weight loss diet. But you have to select fully developed fruit. Finely chopped fruit can be added to salads and curries. It fills stomach, has very low calories and more water, reduces hunger pangs and satiates thirst.
Ash gourd for constipation
Ayurveda vaidyas praise this fruit as “vinmutraglapanam” . Which means it helps in easy evacuation of stools and urine. Cut the matured fruit’s pulp into big cubes and boil them in water, till they are half cooked. Use this water for soups and consume the cooked fruit. This helps to relieve the constipation. Including cooked pulp in diet or consumption of juice helps in condition like bleeding piles. This is a very good natural ayurvedic remedy for constipation.
Ash gourd benefits for brain
Grate pulp of fully matured Benincasa Hispida (ash gourd) fruit. Squeeze it and extract its juice. Mix it with equal quantity of water. Drink this juice in empty stomach daily. This helps to increase memory power, heal stomach ulcer and reduce acidity. It also acts as a brain tonic.
Ash gourd for skin
Its pulp can be applied on burns and skin rashes. This reduces burning sensation and irritation. The juice of leaves help to reduce irritation caused by dry skin. Apply crushed pulp of ash gourd on skin which is affected by burns. It cools the burns and help to heal quickly. The juice of leaves can be used in same way.
Ash Gourd Face Pack
This vegetable improves moistness of skin. Grate the pulp of fruit and mix a tea spoon of masoor dal flour (red lentil flour). Apply this face pack in summer. It helps to reduce acne, pimple, scars and blemishes. It also increase glow and fairness of skin.
Ash Gourd for Cystitis and UTI
The seeds help to reduce internal heat of body in summer. It helps in cystitis and acts as diuretic. The pulp and seeds are very useful in kidney stones. Grate the pulp of this fruit (around 1 cup) . Squeeze the water to a glass. Blend the pulp with half glass of water and squeeze again. Drink this juice twice daily in CYSTITIS and UTI. (Read ayurvedic treatment for cystitis and UTI. )
Ash gourd to gain body weight.
Persons who are skinny and want to gain weight can rely on this fruit. It is recommended in ayurveda weight gain therapy or brumhana therapy. Kushmanda helps persons who are recuperating from illness to gain back their lost energy and nutrients.
Regular consumption of slices of ash gourd treated with sugar syrup help to increase body weight. This is useful in patients who have lost weight due to tuberculosis. Patients affected by tuberculosis of lungs are benefited by the use of this fruit. It strengthens lungs and body.