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Ivy Gourd

Scientific name: coccinia grandis

Name of Ivy Gourd in different languages:-

English: Finger Gourd, Little gourd

Sanskrit: thudikeri, Rakthaphala, bimbika

Hindi: कुन्द्रू Kunduru

Tamil: கோவை Kovai

Malayalam: Koval-കോവൽ,

Useful plant parts: Root, Lea

Plant description of Ivy Gourd:

Ivy Gourd is a vine climbing with tendrils; Leaves are up to 7 cm long and 5 cm broad, arranged palmately 3 to 5-lobed, broadly ovate to orbicular, base cordate, apex acute. Flowers are white, born in axillaries, solitary, up to 3.5 cm long, Fruits are oblong, dark green up to 5 cm long and 2.5 cm.,  while ripe it turn pulp red. Seeds many, 6 to7 mm long, oblong, compressed, pale white and tapered both end

Medicinal uses: to treat fever, asthma, leprosy, bronchitis, jaundice, scabies etc.

Chemical contents: Proteins, Vitamin C, Antioxidant.

Ivy Gourd is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurvedic medicines like:

One of Jeevana Panchamoolam family

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