LATIN NAME: Benincasa Hispida.
CHINESE NAME: DONG GUA ZI.
COMMON NAMES: wax gourd, ash gourd, white gourd, winter gourd, tallow gourd, ash pumpkin, and winter melon.
BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Benincasa hispida is a grassy vine in the Cucurbitaceae family. Initially, the plant was cultivated only in the countries of South-East Asia, then it has widely spread in the countries of South and East Asia. The fruits of the wax pumpkin have medicinal properties and are widely used in folk medicine, for example, in China. Its stems can reach 4 m length, with an average thickness comparable to a pencil. Leaves are smaller than those of other pumpkins, long-petioled, lobate. Male and female flowers of this pumpkin are very attractive, orange-yellow, large, with a diameter of about 15 cm, they have 5 orange petals, very decorative and fragrant. The fruits of the Benincasa Hispida are round and oblong. Their weight can reach 10 kg.
It enters such meridians as lung, stomach, large intestine, small intestine.
ACTIONS: diuretic, antipyretic, analgetic, soothing, tonic, anti-inflammatory.
Benincasa Hispida stimulates appetite, increases the number of sperm cells and their speed, clears heat, expels phlegm and eliminates pus, stops the activity of infectious agents, normalizes metabolism at the general and cellular level, tonifies the Liver. It also saturates the body with useful substances, benefits vision, stimulates peristalsis, eliminates excess flatulence, nourishes the skin and makes it glossy. Moreover, wax gourd promotes urination, belching, bloating, normalizes water-electrolyte balance, normalizes blood pressure, stabilizes the work of the heart muscle and blood-forming organs. Besides, this plant prevents the deposition of cholesterol, strengthens the walls of the vessels, reduces the possibility of developing varicose veins disease and the formation of thrombi.
INDICATIONS FOR USE:
Benincasa Hispida is a good remedy for such conditions as stranguria, diseases of the stomach, intestines, kidneys, ureters, bladder, and prostate, dermatophytosis, expectoration of thick, yellow sputum, hemorrhoids, vaginal discharge, edema, appendicitis, pulmonary abscess.
SPECIAL WARNINGS: be cautious when edema due to malnutrition and loose stool.
ASH GOURD JUICE:
Remove the skin and seeds from the ash gourd. Cut it and blend to a smooth puree. Strain. Add 6 tsp of lemon juice, 3 tsp of black pepper powder, and 3 tsp of salt. Mix properly. The juice is ready.
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion”
Henry David Thoreau
*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.