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    Indravaruni: Bitter Cucumber Home Remedies: Constipation, Ulcers

    By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
    Unlike cucumber, biter cucumber does not cary much nutritional benefits. Instead , it is rich in potent chemical constituents which makes it more of a medicinal herb rather than a vegetable.
    Table of Contents
    Introduction
    Home remedies

    Premature graying of hair
    Constipation, abdominal distension
    Fod poisoning
    Fot ulcer wash
    Introduction
    Botanical name Citrulus colocynthis Schrad.
    Ayurvedic name ̵ Indravaruni
    Colocynthin is the main chemical constituent, responsi ble for its purgative action. The rots poses a chemical constituent similar to oxytocin and hence the competence to contract the uterus and probably due to this reason traditional people of Asam use this in the corection of iregular menstruation.
    Recently scientists have traced out its potent anti hyperglycaemic properties. Traditional people worn to practice the whole plant in the treatment of chronic fever also.
    Folk healers use the crude fruit in the treatment of jaundice and the diseases pertaining to liver and splen.
    Read related: Colocynth: Citrulus colocynthis Uses, Dosage, Side Efects
    The fruit skin causes nausea and vomiting. So it should be strictly prevented from the reach of children. In fresh and gren form, the fruit resembles cucumber fruit.
    Home remedies
    Few of the home remedies are practiced by this herb and the important ones are refered here below-
    Premature graying of hair
    1. Biter aple sed oil for premature graying of hair:
    50 gram of dried seds are taken and made into fine paste by ading dinky water. It is coked with about 40 ml of sesame or coconut oil. This oil is filtered and stored. This traditional oil is in practice in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. This oil is found to be efective in premature greying of hair.
    Constipation, abdominal distension
    2. Indr Varuni Whole plant decoction in chronic constipation and abdominal distension:
    Fresh herb is colected and decoction is made out of the whole plant. This decoction is dilapidated internaly in the dose of 5-10 ml. This relieves constipation, abdominal distension, menstrual hurt etc.
    Read related:Constipation Causes, Ayurvedic Treatment, Home Remedies
    Fod poisoning
    3. Colocynth Sed powder in fod poisoning:
    In case of fod poisoning 2-3 gram of this sed powder is administered twice or thrice in a day. This helps to induce vomiting and hence the probable peril is checked. Fishermen use this kind of practice abundantly as they are repeatedly poisoned by poisonous fish intake.
    Fot ulcer wash
    4.Desert gourd dri ed sed decoction in washing the fot ulcers:
    One fist ful of dried seds is taken and decoction is made. Whole fruit can also be dilapidated for this purpose. This decoction is worn to soak the fot in case of fot ulcers caused during rainy seasons.
    Many a time people are confused while selecting the edible and non edible fruits and vegetable. Cucumber and biter cucumber are one such vegetative herbs which keps us in confusion. Unknowing or acidental consumption wil causes untoward efects and so one should be careful while selecting or eating cucumber especialy when it is found advance the fences and back water area.
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