Ayurveda Health Benefits of Watermelon

Ayurveda recommends ripe watermelon for erectile dysfunction and male infertility. It’s rind for PCOS or PCOD, weight loss in obesity. It’s juice for a face pack for acne, pimple, and wrinkles. Watermelon seed oil is used for hair and dry skin

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It’s summer and the heat is on. The rising mercury levels indicate the arrival of summer. The seasonal fruit of summer is watermelon. The juicy pulp of this fruit cools the 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 Impotence. It helps as a remedy for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

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

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Watermelon – An Ayurveda View

Ayurveda medicinal properties

Good for Erectile Dysfunction

Ideal fruit for Male Infertility

Helps in PCOS and Obesity

Home remedies

Watermelon – An Ayurveda View

The botanical Name of this fruit is  Citrullus lanatus. It belongs to Family Curcurbitaceae. Ayurveda eulogizes this fruit as

  • Kaalinda,kalinga – Ayurveda acharya Sushruta found this fruit growing on the banks of the Indus river.
  • Krishnabeeja – fruits that have black seeds
  • Suvartula – perfectly round-shaped fruit

Fruits, seeds, flowers, and roots are the plant parts that are used in the 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 the medicinal properties of this fruit.

Ripe fruit properties

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), 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 fruit properties

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

Seeds Benefits

Seeds of watermelon act as the 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.

The oil extracted from the seeds of this fruit 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, moisturize and boost the health of hair and skin. This oil can be used in Ayurvedic treatment and home remedies for dry skin, dry flaky scalp and hair home remedies, psoriasis, and wrinkles.

Flowers benefits

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

Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction

According to the principles of Ayurveda this fruit nourishes body tissues, especially shukra dhatu . Healthy shukra dhatu helps to increase sexual energy, stamina, and fertility in men. It also helps to boost testosterone levels.

Researchers and scientists say that this fruit 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 klaibya or erectile dysfunction.  When consumed regularly, this fruit helps men as a remedy for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation .

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 the use of this fruit. Thus this fruit can be the best natural remedy for erectile dysfunction.

The rich dietary fiber content in this fruit help in relieving constipation. The soluble fibers aid in the reduction of blood cholesterol. A plateful of Watermelon chunks can be used as a dessert and as well as an 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 the rind of ripe watermelon.

Watermelon for Male Infertility

Texts of Ayurveda praise this fruit 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 that we can harness from this fruit. These antioxidants help to reduce inflammation and eliminate body toxins (ama), which in turn boost sperm health. This fruit reduces acidity and provides an alkaline environment to body tissues which helps to optimize their functions.

Watermelon for PCOS and Obesity

This fruit is the best food for PCOS. Instead of pulp, using its rind is more beneficial. The rind also contains citrulline which transforms in the body and helps to boost fat loss, increase the 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 toxins. The fibers in the rind help to prevent food cravings and control appetite. It is also a 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 (jeera) powder.  This quenches thirst, and replenishes water and salts which we have lost through sweat.  Thus maintaining water-electrolyte balance. This drink also acts as the best ayurvedic skin detox at home. It also increases urine output, and reduces inflammation of the urinary tract.

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

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

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

Juice of rind is given in diarrhea

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

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

(WhatsApp Dr.Savitha Suri @+ 91 6360108663/  to know more about ayurvedic treatments and remedies )

Author: Dr.Savitha Suri , Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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