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Snake Gourd

Scientific name of Snake Gourd: Trichosanthes cucumerina

Name of Snake Gourd in different languages:-

English: Snake Gourd

Sanskrit: अमृतफल Amritaphala, patola, Bijagarbha

Hindi: चचिंडा Chachinda

Tamil: Pudalankaai-புடலங்காய்

Malayalam: Padavalanga-പടവലങ്ങ

Plant description:

It is a tropical climber vine, grow up to 10-15 meters, the long, the leaf blade is broadly ovate, up to 10 cm long and 11 cm broad, membranous, deeply 5 to 7-lobed are triangular. The fruit is narrow, soft-skinned, corky inside contain flat seeds, while mature it turn as a spongy inner, it used as a vegetable in addition to medicinal purpose; it can reach up to 150 cm long. The flowers are white, attractive and lacy, open at night.

Leaf Arrangement

 Palmate-resemble-a-hand Margin_Entire Venation-palmate


Useful plant parts:

Fruits, Leaf

Medicinal uses:

To treat pitta disorders, burning sensation, diabetes, anorexia, worm infestation, fever, general weakness, flatulence, constipation, constipation, skin diseases.

Chemical contents:

Cucumerina, Cucurbitacin, Hydragogue

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


Khadiradi Kashayam

Phalatrikadi Kashaya

Triyiandyadi Kashayam



Vajraka Ghrutham

Siva Gulika

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