Ash gourd, also called wax gourd, white gourd, winter gourd, tallow gourd, ash pumpkin or winter melon belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae
Ash Gourd helps in treating Acid reflux syndrome with the help from its active principles such as Terpenes, Flavanoid C, glycosides, and sterols since they have antioxidant effects which help in inhibiting gastric mucosal damage. Ash Gourd helps in treating Purpura due to its alkaline property. Ash Gourd is used as a diuretic or bladder purifier It also acts as an Aphrodisiac i.e. a substance, which increases sexual potency and as an Appetizer. Ash Gourd is an important ingredient in various Ayurvedic medicines for treating bleeding disorders and helps in improving body weight and is ideal for diabetic patients. Ash Gourd helps in combating general debility and treats mental disorders by stabilizing nerve cells. Ash Gourd often has a bronchodilator effect on patients, through an antihistamine activity. It also acts as an Antidiarrheal agent and provides relief from constipation. The pulp of Ash Gourd is a rich source of vitamin B and C and is also an excellent remedy for tapeworms. With the help of Ash Gourd, one can also get relief from symptoms of morphine withdrawal In case of a burn, topical application of Ash Gourd pulp is also highly beneficial.