Bimbi/Ivy Gourd is a climber multi branched perennial herb which grows all over the temperate region of India. Its leaves are petiolate, 5-10 cm long, entire to palmately lobed, minutely dentioculate. Flowers are white, solitary and axillary. Fruits ellipsoid or fusiform, 4-6 cm long round at both ends, having whitish lines in its surface, bright red when mature.The fruit of the plant is commonly used in recipes for soups and curries—it can also simply be pickled, fried or sauteed.
The plant is known by Kundru in Hindi, Ivy Gourd in English. It is also sometimes referred to as baby watermelon, due to its appearance, or gentleman’s toes.Its botanical name is Coccinia grandis which belongs to Cucurbitaceae family.
Parts Used –
Fruit, root, and leaves are the parts of this herb which can be used for medicinal purposes.
• Juice – 10 to 15 ml
• Root – 3 to 6 ml
• Sugar Support.
Bimbi/Ivy Gourd has the ability to help slow sugar absorption and provide an endogenous insulin-like action in the bloodstream to help maintain glucose homeostasis.
• Heart Health.
Bimbi/Ivy Gourd can help support healthy circulation and maintain normal blood pressure for heart health regulation.
• Weight Management.
Bimbi /Ivy Gourd contains fiber that can aid digestion and support healthy elimination, while promoting normal metabolism and weight.
• High Nutritional Value.
With its B vitamins, iron and antioxidant content, Bimbi/ ivy gourd can help support a well rounded diet and combat oxidative stress.
Administering the juice of bimbi/ ivy gourd leaves and fruits together can cure jaundice effectively.
• Pain & Swelling
Various types of pain and swelling get reduced by wrapping the heated leaves of Ivy Gourd over the affected area.
It’s root in the paste form in a dose of 3-5 gm can be given to young children who have bedwetting problem.
• Skin Diseases
The paste of its leaves is beneficial for eczema and ringworm infections.
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