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Bottle Gourd Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Bottle Gourd
Glycemic Index / Load
Bottle Gourd
Botanical Name
Lagenaria Siceraria
Hindi Name
Lowki, Ghiya
Chinese Name
Bian Pu, Ku Hu Lu,

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Bottle Gourd Cures


Action of Bottle Gourd

Nutrients in Bottle Gourd

Taste of
Bottle Gourd

Parts Used

Fruit, Whole Plant, Pulp, Shoots, Leaves, Seeds

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Bottle Gourd

It may cause Toxicity.
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Bottle Gourd is a vine.
It is an annual.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It grows up to One Meter.
Best use for Indigestion and Obesity.


Common Names

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Materia Medica for Bottle Gourd

Bottle Gourd General

Bottle Gourd is popularly known as South Indian Squash. Bottle Gourd is used in many Indian dishes.
The main herbal usage of Bottle Gourd is for the treatment of Digestive Disorders. It is majorly consumed as juice or in the cooked form. It is a great food to consume during the summer season. Most of it is water and the remaining part is fiber, which is easily digested. It is healthy in all aspects.
Regular usage of Bottle Gourd reduces graying of Hair.
It is a Stress buster. Its high water content is helpful for cooling effect on the body thus it reduces Stress.
The juice of its fruit is a good herbal cure for Nervous Disorder like Epilepsy.
The water content of Bottle Gourd is a good herbal cure for Fatigue.
It is a good herbal remedy for Insomnia. Its oil is massaged over the Scalp for better results.
It treats the problems of Tooth Decay.
It has miraculous effects on the Skin. Consuming a glass of its juice daily, makes your Skin appear healthy and glowing.
It is advantageous for the Heart. It has zero percent cholesterol content. Hence, it keeps the Heart healthy.
It counters problem of High Blood Pressure.
It is a good herbal treatment for respiratory ailments like Asthma and Cough.
It is helpful in combating Lung Problem like Bronchitis.
It is a good herbal cure for Weight Loss.
It treats Stomach Problems like Stomach Ulcers, Indigestion, Flatulence, etc. It is alkaline in nature, which helps in fighting against Acidity. It is the best therapy for Constipation. It eases Digestion.
It is a good herb for the Liver. It is a good cure for Biliousness. Its fruit juice reduces Liver Inflammation.
It is best for Kidneys. It prevents Kidney Swelling.
It is a herbal boon for Diabetic Patients. Consumption of its juice is a good treatment for this condition. It reduces blood sugar level and counters the problem of Diabetes.
Bottle Gourd juice is effective for good Urination. It combats Urinary Disorders like Diuresis.
It is used to counter illness like Diarrhoea and Piles.
It is also used as an Antidote against Insect Bites and Snake Bites.
Caution : Though it is good for health, taste of its juice may be a problem. Its juice may sometimes result in Indigestion. Do not consume Bottle Gourd juice with any other juice. Consult a Doctor before consuming it.
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Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) for Hysteria

The soothing and calming effect of Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya in India ) is useful in countering Hysteria. It calms the Mind and provides relief from stress and irritation in Hysteria.
Grind the pulp of a fresh Bottle Gourd to form a paste. Apply the paste on the Head. Let it dry. Wash with water. Repeat it 1 to 2 times a day for a week.

Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) for Headache

Grind 2 small pieces of Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ). Apply it on the forehead.

Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) for Sunburn

Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) gives soothing effect to the sun burnt skin. It also provides relief from inflammation and heals the skin.
Wash and peel a fresh Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ). Cut in to thin slices. Rub on the affected part for 15 minutes. Let it dry and wash. Do it twice or thrice a day.

Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) for Tuberculosis

Include Bottle Gourd in your daily diet.

Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) for Obesity

Drink a glass of Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) juice daily to get a healthy and toned body.

Bottle Gourd for Anemia

Have a glass of fresh Bottle gourd juice daily.
OR : Add 1 beetroot and a half bottle gourd. Make a soup and have it every day.
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Herbal Treatment For Sexual Debility 1

Mix 2 tablespoons each of Cucumber seeds, Water Melon Seeds, Liquorice, seeds of Grapes, Almond, Coriander seeds and Bottle Gourd seeds with One cup pulp of ripe Azadirachta Indica fruit. Add two cups each of Ghee and Sugar. Heat till the moisture is eliminated. Cool and store. Take One tablespoon twice a day. It is good for Sexual Debility.

Herbal Treatment For Grey Hair 8

Take equal quantity of Bottle Gourd juice and Sesame Oil. Mix well. Apply it on hairs. Wash after 2 hours.

Herbal Treatment For Grey Hair 12

Take equal quantity of Olive ( Jaitun ) oil and Bottle Gourd ( Lowki ) juice. Massage your scalp thrice a week. It helps to regain black hair.

Herbal Treatment For Gray Hair 17

Here is a formula which helps to stop graying of hair. It is not miracle formula. It needs time and patience. It may be possible that one or two application do not give desirable results. Later on, you will see very noticeable changes in your hair.
Step 1 : Boil 4 to 5 big slices of Bottle Gourd ( Ghiya ) and one medium sized Beetroot ( Chukander ) in 1 to 2 cup of water.
Step 2 : Mash them well in water. Strain the water.
Step 3 : Put this water in an iron pot and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of Henna ( Mehandi ).
Step 4 : Roast 2 tablespoons of Indian Gooseberry ( Amla ) powder until you see the gust of smoke coming up.
Step 5 : Put the roasted powder in the mixture. Blend them well. Apply the mixture on the scalp and hair properly. Leave it for minimum 3 to 4 hours.
Step 6 : Wash with plain water. Do not shampoo your hair for 3 days.
Queries on Bottle Gourd
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Sanjay ( QATAR )
21 May 2016
Dear Sir,
I’m taking Bottle Gourd with Gooseberry juice on daily basis morning time only, I don’t know side effect,
Please help me & provide me side effect details
10 Sep 2016
It is very good for health
Nei Taung
24 Jun 2016
Dear Sanjay, May i know for what purpose are you taking Bottle Gourd with Gooseberry juice?
However drinking bitter Bottle Gourd juice may pose severe threats. Some of the major effects of drinking bitter Bottle Gourd juice include abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
Khan ( Telangana )
04 Jul 2016
seeds are not good for male sperm reproduction
26 Aug 2016
Dear Khan
Are you asking this or you are telling the rest users? Please clarify.
18 Aug 2016
Bottle gourd small of ginger 1 no. kanthari mulakku 3 nellikka all mixed together and the juice is consumed in empty stomach. Is it good for health to consume in empty stomach, does it have any side effects. kindly explain
26 Aug 2016
First of all, will you please share that why do you wish to use this combination. Bottle guard may cause toxicity also and there has to be a disease to use this combination, since the herbs you have mentioned are not Rasayana Herbs or Adaptogens.
To know what are Adaptogens and Rasayanas, visit the portal Vibrant Health. Kindly explain the reason that you wish to take this formula for .
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Joythi ( India )
25 Aug 2016
Bottle ground juice will reduce the wight pl give some suggestions
26 Aug 2016
Dear Joythi
Yes it reduces weight but i always suggest that when we gain weight, it all the extra fat that may get deposit around your belly. So, we should exercise and go for yoga also. And we should also avoid the fatty, oily and spicy foods. And if you take any Herb, always take care of the doses.
Shital patel ( India, gujarat )
03 Sep 2016
I m drinking lauki, beetroot,and tomato juice on empty stomach for weight loss. Are there any side effects?
08 Sep 2016
Shital Patel Yes, you may drink the juice that you have been drinking. Drink the juice for 15 days, then you may skip for 3 days. Continue after 3 days break and drink for the next 15 days. Avocado is a great fruit which will help you to reduce weight.
Amit Shukla ( India )
03 Sep 2016
My father has developed a cutaneous horn in ankle of right leg since last 1.5 year.
Allopathy suggested no treatment except surgery which we cant do since my father is quite weak.
Tried ayurveda with kottkal for 3 months. No improvement. Tried another vaid in kanpur for 4 month.
Currently trying homeopathy.
We have also started lauki juice as per advice from a family person.giving one glass juice daily.
Is giving one glass of lauki juice ok for this desease.

Is there any other fruite/juice would you recommend or any other advice.
We feel helpless. Pls help advice.
08 Sep 2016
Amit Stop your homeopathic treatment. This will aggravate your condition. And your dad will be in more pain.
The query has been forwarded to the concerned team. We will get back to you shortly.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Amit Shukla ( India )
09 Sep 2016
Giving full perspective on my father's illness so as to enable you for holistic assessment and treatment suggestions:

Apart from the Horn problem described above, My father 70 years age suffering with following
1. Retinitis Pigmentosa since 20 years - No vision left now. only left is left with sense only.
Mr. Niraj has prescribed treatment few days ago on your site which is : Eyebright, Goji Berry and Cow Ghee treatment on eye

2. Heart Problem since last 20 years : Alternate pulse goes missing every minute.
Having regular allopathic medicine this. Doing fine with heart since last couple of years. No problem reported over last couple of years.

With respect to Cutaneous Horn, There are different opinions by different doctors.

Allopathic doctors at AIIMS described it as HORN. However they have suggested for BIOPSY to confirm.

Homeopathic Doctor who is currently treating is opining it as Eczema. He is giving Petroleum Homeopathic medicine. and saying you have come too late but cure is possible. its already 15 days when we started treatment.
Before Homeopathic we were having a treatment with a vaid in Kanpur but not much help.

Amit Shukla ( India )
09 Sep 2016
Continuation to above ...
till now there is not aggravation from Homeopathic medicine, we started 15 days back.
Please find below some description and symptoms of this skin mass growth:

1. The skin mass does not exactly appear as CONE shape.
2. The skin mass has grown over ankle area.
3. It is 3 inch in height and 1.5 inch in width.
4. Mass is not very hard. In last 4 months, it has broken into 3 separate masses in same area.
mass shake/wave a bit on their place when we touch them with fingers. So its not a very hard crust.

5. There appears a swelling in the foot, if my father keeps walking for sometime for 15- 20 -30 mins. He feels pain and swelling after walk.

6. In normal condition , he does not feel pain, however he feels some object is there in ankle which is unnatural and gives un-comfort to him.

6. If he holds leg in the air for some time, then appears a swelling as well.

Please advice.

13 Sep 2016
Dear Amit Shukla
The matter has been studied by our specialist and he is of the opinion, that the total sum of what you had written is indicative of the fact that the Pancreas may be malfunctioning. You have not mentioned about the diabetes in your father's case.
Assuming that his Blood Sugar is normal, we still feel that the Pancreas are at fault. Please get the following tests done and send us the results.
1. Fasting Blood Insulin ( Please read carefully, it is Insulin not Blood Sugar ).
2. Hemoglobin A1c test
3. After he had a good meal measure his blood sugar after 1 hour and then, after 2 hours.
We will prescribe the appropriate remedy on the basis of results.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Andrea ( Ft. lauderdale, fl )
11 Sep 2016
13 Sep 2016
Dear Andrea
You give her the following Drink once in a day. Give her for 1 month.
Take 5 to 6 Raisins, 1 Fig and 2 to 3 dates ( Remove the seeds from dates or take seedless dates ). Soak them in water for an hour. Now blend them together and store in a earthen based pot. Drink it after two hours. It will provide a cooling effect and good for weakness and anemia.
Amit Shukla ( India )
14 Sep 2016
Thank you so much Herbpathy for your kind response. I will get back to you with test results very soon.
However, I want to bring following points to your notice as well regarding his health which I feel could provide very crucial in your investigation of above severe health matter:

1. Any type of normal wound in his body (occurred through external injury or burn etc..) normally takes lot of time to heal.

He hasn't had blood sugar. however we will check again.

2. He has been very weak with his stomach throughout his life. Constipation/Gas/Acidity, Loss of appetite has been part of his almost every day life.
He is old now so these issues are reported often now.

3. Couple of time in his life (recent ref. is 2 years back in 2013) that his Stomach problem had almost became life threating to his life. It was so much in extent that he was hardly eating anything and body became very weak. His bowel had constipation/gas/acidity, very hard and no proper motion, and loss of appetite during these times of severe health issue.

We will get back to you with tests prescribed by you soon.

Amit Shukla ( India )
14 Sep 2016
Continuation to above....
We had his Ayurvedic treatment with a vaid in Delhi for roughly around 1 year, for his severe stomach issue last time and he was healed successfully. His heart was also given Arjun plus to strengthen heart.. that was beneficial as well.

Overall I just wanted stress that Stomach is also a biggest culprit. Now since he has developed some life threatening deaseas RP in eye, and this very bad Skin mass which are like killing him with each passing day...
For eye sight , we have started Ghee kriya, Goji berry as prescribed Mr. Niraj few days back..

I will get back with latest reports...Just want to thanksa again from my heart to herbpathy tea...

14 Sep 2016
You are most welcome Amit. Yes Please. Share the results whenever you get his tests done. And yes, Arjuna is a great Herb for Heart, it is nice to hear that you have been giving him Arjuna.
And Now Ghee Kriya It is also practiced by many people to cure Retinitis Pigmentosa. Goji berry is an excellent herbs for his eyesight.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Amit Shukla ( India )
14 Sep 2016
Dear Sir,
We have a confusion with respect to your advise for insulin test for my father.
Kindly just confirm that we have to test insulin in morning and blood sugar level in afternoon (not the insulin level in afternoon).
Please help confirm.
21 Sep 2016
Go to the lab.
Ask them to test the Insulin level in the blood, not the Sugar level in the blood. Both are different. Can be diagnosed by blood test.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Amit Shukla ( India )
15 Sep 2016
Dear Herbpathy team,

Since the tests have been started today as prescribed by you.

Kindly confirm as requested above for afternoon test at the earliest.
Amit Shukla ( India )
21 Sep 2016
Dear Herbpathy Team,
As suggested, please find below the results of blood tests:

1. Fasting Insulin:6.00 mU/L
2. HbA1c: 6%
3. Blood Glucose Fasting: 86 mg/dl
4. Blood Glucose PP:114 mg/dl (1 Hr after meal)
5. Blood Glucode PP:114 mg/dl (2 Hr after meal)

Looking for your response.

Please help!!

21 Sep 2016
Amit Shukla All his readings are normal. It is suggested that you give him one dose of Symphytum 30. Only one dose please. Do not repeat the dosage. Give him only one dose and then be observant about the symptoms, if you notice any.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Amit Shukla ( India )
22 Sep 2016
Ok Sir.
is it with the name Symphytum Officinale? that we need to get.

Also How much dose we need to give? is it in liquid form.

Currently Homeopathic doctor giving him mezarium.

Please advise.

22 Sep 2016
Dear Amit
Since we do not know the entire case history and medical background. Also we have not diagnosed him physically. Therefore, it is advised that you do consult your health care provider before trying any herb.
Yes, Symphytum Officinale is the name of the herb. One dose only. It is in the form of small pills/globules/pellets. You would have to stop Mezereum. As we already said, a prior discussion with your doctor is important
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Amit Shukla ( India )
22 Sep 2016
It is almost a month with homepathy doctor as well. 1st we had petroleum and now he is trying mezarium. Not much a difference so far.

We feel depressed and helpless . It is more than a year with this desease and we dint get relief.

I have tried to present detailed case summary as much as possible. if you need some more info, please let me know.

We want to try your suggestion We can stop mezarium and give this medicine since it is just one time dose for now.

Need your continued support. please...

Amit Shukla ( India )
23 Sep 2016
Dear Sir,

We have got the symphytum 30 in liquid form. How much drops do we give for one dose?
23 Sep 2016
Amit Give him one drop in a glass of water. This is his one dose. You need to be patient. The remedy might show results after 14 days. For any queries, you may always write us back.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Amit Shukla ( India )
07 Nov 2016
Dear Sir,
My father has been on Goji Berry, Ghee Kriya and Eye Bright.
We are still hoping for some improvement.
Can you please advise any changes we should make?
Prerna Sood
16 Nov 2016
Why is he taking these herbs Amit What is his problem, would you like to share?
Sami Alam Khan. ( Saudi Arabia. )
23 Nov 2016
Dear Sir,
I am suffering of blood sugar high blood pressure ,kidney stone and prostate ,high blood pressure is just on border 130/85 , every week report of blood sugar fasting 104 after 2 Hrs. 124 .Please be noted i am not taking any english medicine for sugar one hour walking without break also taking ayurvedic medicine , Please suggest which herbs i will take for control of blood pressure and sugar
Richard gudoi ( Uganda )
27 Nov 2016
Which type of bottle guard has the most medicinal properties effective for Asthma is widely believed?

I want also to download all the above notes on bottled guard.
Richard Gudoy
29 Nov 2016
Hey, Richard, the bitter variety of bottle gourd is very effective for Asthma.
In addition to this, the organically grown bitter gourd has more medicinal properties as compared to the Hybrid variety. Sorry to say, I suppose there is no such provision to copy or download the data from this website.
Laksha ( Tamilnadu )
29 Dec 2016
Will it act as an anti cancerous agent
Richard David ( India, Maharashtra )
12 Jan 2017
Hi, I am richard from mumbai and i am 35 years old and married with one kid. I am suffering with artheriers for the last 15 years and last one year back i was attacked by GSB diseases. As during the cold season my health does not response properly like all my joints starts paining and get jam. As my whole body is getting jam due to cold weather and i am not able to move my body properly and getting dificult to breath. Can you please suggest me any ayurved medicine, you can call me for much more clearance. Thanks and hope to get a call or reply from your end.
Kashmira Luthra
23 Jan 2017
Dear Richard
-- It is advised that youeat 10 to 15 cherries in a day. They are a rich content of Potassium and Magnesium.
--Massage the affected areas with sesame oil for 10 to 15 min.
--And add 2 to 3 cups of Epsom salt to hot water tub and soak your body for 15 to 20 min. It will give you relief from pains. --Apart from this use Yarrow essential oil. Mix Yarrow Essential oil with Castor Oil. Heat the mixture. Massage with this oil on the affected Joints.
Drink a cup of Astragalus tea every day for 15 days. These are the best herbal remedy that are being widely used and have shown positive results in curing Arthritis.
Ebenezer Stalwart ( Ghana )
12 Jan 2017
Dear Sir/Madam
I would like to know if bitter gourd "oil" is DRINKABLE.
23 Jan 2017
Yes, You may try Bitter Gourd Seed oil For Diabetes, Stomach Problems, Skin Disorders and can be used effectively as an antiviral
Ebenezer Stalwart
12 Jan 2017
Dear Sir/Madam
In continuation about the bitter gourd oil question I asked, I would also like to know if the oil has all the benefits.
Shreya Mangla
23 Jan 2017
The oil is also used to expel worms. It is a good laxative. can be used to cure Measeals, wounds and infection. It is also used as an Anti-tumor and Anti-Cancer herbal remedy.
Bhoomika ( India )
01 Feb 2017
Hi, my mother is suffering from sugar..with high cholesterol. Is this bottle guard juice s preferable fr lower the cholesterol... please suggest
Sarika ( Hyderabad )
04 Jul 2017
I add 1 quarter plate bottle gourd with 10-15 beans, 3-4 tomato, 2 garlic , 7-8 spinach leaves,15-20 fenugreek leaves, 4 handful rice ,4 handfull moong daal for my 1 year old twin kids which they eat daily 2 times. Is it OK to combine all these
24 Aug 2017
Why are you using these herbs ?
Does your kid suffer from a specific disorder?
Ramesh kumar koul ( India )
30 Jul 2017
For the last fifteen days ,I occasionally feel pressure in left chest and burning sensation in stomach which later on shifts to left side of chest . I consulted cardiologist.He suggested ECG and some blood test called proc test .Both were o.k.He did not prescribe any medicine except envas 2.5 tablet as BP was 90/130.
I yesterday got my lupid profile test conducted .It is by and large o.k.
I usually encounter gastric problem .
Iam confused. what should I do because the problem as reflected above recurs and mainly in evening hours.
Kindly suggest medicine
24 Aug 2017
Ramesh. It is a good news that the reports are okay. The symptoms suggest that you suffer from heart Burn or Gastritis. Drink a cup of Ginger tea every day for 15 days.
Also, take Apple Cider Vinegar, one teaspoon added to a glass of water daily for a month. Visit the page : https://herbpathy.com/The-Genesis-Vid48
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Gold ( INDIA )
21 Sep 2017
sir can I take bottle gourd juice with sugar , it will reduce body weight , Kindly reply
21 Sep 2017
Try taking it without adding Sugar to it. To reduce weight drink Lemon water every morning.
Have Horsegram water in the morning. Soak them overnight and drink the water the next day.
Arun ( Telangana )
03 Oct 2017
Does bottle gourd juice reduce sex harmonies
04 Oct 2017
No, in fact Bottle Gourd is good for curing Sexual Debility.
Sulekha yaduvanshi ( India )
02 Nov 2017
Hello team,
I am taking lauki juice since last 10 days for weight loss. I have another query. I am 35 and have some irritating noise in my right ear all the time, with a few gaps in between. It has happened 2 or 3 times before but had stopped by itself. Is it a serious problem or should I ignore it. Please suggest.
Nazia Ahmed ( United Arab Emirates )
02 Mar 2018
My daughter is 8 months and chorinically cpnstipated.
Her bowel is always dry and hard.
Will this bottle gourd puree help and how much shud i give.
She is on duphalc now on high dose.
Rishi ( India )
14 May 2018
I just crush lauki and grind it in mixer add water and drink it.so that I get fibre along with juice. Is it the right way I am doing
Azizur islam ( Assam (INDIA) )
27 Dec 2018
Iam suffering in Nightfall disorder from one years.what ayurbedic medicine used for this disorder .
Age-21 years
Avinash nadgouda
09 Mar 2021
bottle gourd, what is name in homeopathic medicine. thx.
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