Psoriasis And Skin Infections Natural Remedy: Ivy Gourd Herbal Properties
The Ivy Gourd belongs to the plant family Cucurbitaceae. It is a slender, much-branded climber with grooved stem and tuberous roots. The tendrils on this plant are slender, striate and simple. The leaves, 5-10 cm. long, are bright green in color, simple, alternate and 3-5 lobed. The unisexual flowers are solitary and white in color. The fruits are generally oval and sometimes slightly beaked. They are green with white stripes and yellow when ripe. The seeds are somewhat obovoid, rounded at the apex, much compressed and yellowish grey. The fruits are widely used as a vegetable in many parts of the world, and the doctors and housewives have been using them for household remedies for various ailments.
Parts Used: Stem, fruit, leaf, flowers, and root
- Psoriasis, skin infections, body-heat and burning eyes
- Inability to pass urine
- Diabetes and dryness of the skin
- Sores on the tongue
How to Use
- For psoriasis, skin infections, body-heat and burning eyes, boil one cup of the leaves, dry and grind them into a fine powder. Store in a glass bottle and keep in a cool place. Mix one teaspoon powder in hot water and drink thrice a day.
- In cases of the inability to pass urine, boil two teaspoons of the roots in one cup water till the water is reduced by half and drink while it is warm.
- For diabetes and dryness of the skin, eat two raw fruits every day.
- For obesity, boil two teaspoons of the stem in one cup water till the volume is reduced by half, and drink. It is also essential to avoid fatty foods and the quantity of the food intake must be gradually reduced. Daily vigorous outdoor exercise for 30 to 40 minutes, which makes you perspire, will help shed that extra fat.
- For diarrhea, extract the juice from te leaves. Mix two teaspoons of this juice with 1 cup of curd or yogurt and take this twice or thrice daily till you have normal motions.
- For sores on the tongue, chew the tender fruits for at least ten minutes.
- For scabies, extract 1 cup juice from the leaves. Add one teaspoon butter and mix thoroughly. Apply the paste on the affected parts frequently.
- For swellings on the body, fry a handful of leaves with neem oil (Azadirachta indica). When warm, apply on the swellings and bandage.
- For jaundice, make a decoction of the flowers and drink 3-6 cups daily.
- For the early stages of leprosy, the fresh fruits are eaten and some crushed fruits are applied externally on the affected parts.