Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Trichosanthes dioica Roxb.

English Name : Pointed Gourd

Family : Cucurbitaceae

Origin : India

A dioecious climber, with a perennial rootstock. Leaves cordate or ovate-oblong; flowers dioecious: male peduncles paired, both l-flowered; female solitary; fruits globose, oblong, smooth, 5-12 cm x 2-6 cm, striped: stripes light green on the young fruits and red on the ripe ones; seeds globose.

All over the warmer regions of India.

Parts Used : Fruit, root

Herb Effects
Hypocholesterolemic, hypotriglyceridemic and hyperphospholipidemic (fruit and pulp)

Active Ingredients
Vitamin A and C

Medicinal Use
For constipation, fever, skin infections / wounds


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