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

General Name
Snake Gourd
Glycemic Index / Load
Snake Gourd
Botanical Name
Trichosanthes Cucumerina, Trichosanthes Anguina
Hindi Name
Caccinda, Chichinda
Chinese Name
Gua Lou Pi

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Snake Gourd Cures

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Action of Snake Gourd

Nutrients in Snake Gourd

Taste of
Snake Gourd

Nature of
Snake Gourd


Parts Used

Whole plant , Leaves , Seeds , Root , Fruit

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

Avoid use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
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Snake Gourd is a vine.
It may be annual or perennial.
It grows in tropical, subtropical climates.
It grows up to 8 M.
Best used for Dandruff.


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Materia Medica for Snake Gourd

Snake Gourd General

The scientific name of Snake Gourd is Trichosanthes Cucumerina. It is associated to the Cucurbitaceae family. It is an aborigine of India.
The diuretic property of Snake Gourd cleanses the Liver and eliminates the toxins from the body. It normalizes the functioning of Kidneys and Liver.
The Snake Gourd increases the production of body fluids which keeps the body hydrated and prevents dryness.
It eases the discomfort in the Digestive tract. It is a Laxative which regulates the bowel movements and cures Constipation. The Fiber content reduces the occurrence of Stomach Cramps and Bloating.
Snake Gourd decoction is effective in treating Fever.
The expectorant action is useful in combating Phlegm and eases the discomforts of the Respiratory tract.
The antibiotic property enhances the overall Health. It strengthens the Immune system and protects the body from invading viruses and germs.
Snake Gourd is beneficial for a person suffering from Hairfall. It strengthens the weak Hair follicles and improves the Hair growth. It effectively treats Dandruff.
It is a low calorie and antidiabetic herb. It conquers Obesity and reduces the risk of Diabetes. It helps in maintaining the correct levels of glucose in the body.
The regular intake of Snake Gourd regulates the Blood Pressure and prevents the risk of Heart diseases. The Potassium content keeps the Heart healthy and reduces the stress from the Heart.
It contains high amount of water which provides a Cooling effect to the body. It is an ideal herb in countering the Summer heat.

Keywords: Constipation, Stomach Cramps, Bloating, Fever, Sinusitis, Alopecia, Dandruff, Obesity, Diabetes.
Single Herb

Snake Gourd for Palpitation

Make a decoction of Snake Gourd juice. Take 2 tsp of it by adding a teaspoon of Honey.

Snake Gourd for Arrhythmia

Take 2 tsp leave juice of Snake Gourd thrice a day.

Snake Gourd ( Caccinda ) for Dandruff

Grate Snake Gourd ( Caccinda ) and squeeze the juice. Apply it on scalp for an hour.

Snake Gourd ( Caccinda ) for Alopecia Areata

Snake Gourd is a good herbal remedy for Alopecia Areata. Take a handful of fresh Snake Gourd leaves. Grind them to extract the juice. Apply the paste on your scalp. Rinse it after an hour. Do it regularly for effective results.
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Herbal Treatment For Constipation 10

Make a decoctrion of Snake Gourd seed and Fringed Pink flowers. Take it twice a day.
Caution :
Excess use may cause toxicity.

Herbal Treatment For Jaundice 5

Prepare an infusion of Snake Gourd leaves. Use 1/4 cup with Coriander seed decoction thrice a day.
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Nik ( India )
21 Jul 2016
in how many days it reduce the hair fall and increase the hair growth.
bcoz i m suffering from hairlos from last 1 year and after taking medicine and lotion to stop hair fall inspit of decreasing the hair fall increases four times more.
plz plz plz rply
coz my scalp isshown and i cnt go outside
21 Jul 2016
Dear Nik
Try Onion Juice and Ginger juice. Apply on the affected areas and rinse it off after 20 min.
Have 2 tablespoon of Aamla juice every morning for at least 2 months.
Take Aamla powder, Curry leaves powder and Coconut oil. make a mixture apply on your scalp. Leave it for half an hour, then take a shower.Also boil some neem leaves and wash your scalp with that water 2 to 3 times in a week.
14 Nov 2020
Prior to any treatment, you need to lead a stressful life.
22 Aug 2016
what are vegetables useful for skin allergy people?
23 Aug 2016
There are many types of Skin allergies, you need to be specific. The cause of each differs. Detailed explanation of symptoms might help.
Azsuraya ( Malaysia )
06 Feb 2017
1. Can I use frozen snake gourd to make juice
2. Or can I freeze the snake gourd juice for later use?
08 Feb 2017
Azsuraya Keep the Frozen snake gourd in the normal temperature, once it becomes normal, grind it and extract the juice from it.
How will you extract the juice out of a frozen vegetable ?
Sunil ( India )
09 May 2017
Can we believe that we shouldn't eat snake guard during night time? Up to how much extent it's correct? Is it a superstition?
Karthik ( India )
17 May 2017
Yes, i think it is. I have not heard that Snake Gourd can not be consumed in the night.
Though, I have heard that Snake Gourd and Egg, if taken together can cause instataneous death.
John ( Saudi Arabia )
09 May 2017
I am IGA nephorpathy i have creatinine potassium very high can i have this vegetables. Bottle gourd & snake gourd to reduce. Creatinine & potassium
Rikaa Soel
17 May 2017
Chammomile Tea can help to reduce the Creatinine levels. Drink a cup of Chammomile tea, every day for 15 days. Barley Water is another very effective herb that will cleanse your Kidneys. Boil one cup of barley in 4 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain and allow to cool for 5 minutes, Drink this water warm. take this for a week.
Other herbs that are best for Kidney Care are Gokharu and Varuna. You may go for these two as well.
Keith Suhan
17 May 2017
To reduce potassium, take Horsetail tea, one cup daily for a week.
Limit your intake of bananas, peas, potatoes and other foods rich in Potassium.
Include Garlic in your diet. This will absorb Potassium from the blood. Eat one Varuna capsules, daily for a month.
Gnanu ( India )
23 Jun 2017
Y should not take snake guard during pragnancy & breast feeding
19 Jul 2017
It is clearly mentioned above that Snake gourd is not supposed to be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Nyarn Maung Phyo
07 Feb 2018
Why should avoid during pregnancy
19 Jul 2017
Because it is known to be a Uterine stimulant.
15 Aug 2017
Whats the effect of it?
Hema ( India )
11 Jul 2017
Is snake gourd is heat or cold to our body
19 Jul 2017
I do not think it is hot to the body.
19 Apr 2021
Snake guard is heat for body
Vasiya ( Tamilnadu )
13 Oct 2019
Is snake gourd good for skin disease?
14 Oct 2019
Dear Vasiya, Please mention more about your skin disease. We can assist you better with specifications.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Chaitra ( India )
19 Jan 2020
Are tender snake gaurd seeds edible?? Because mature seeds are toxic to humans itseems
28 Jan 2020
Hey Chaitra. A main course is made in India with Snake Gourd and it includes seeds, the tender ones. The mature ones are not used since they are hard and cant' be consumed too. The mature ones are toxic too. It is a very healthy vegetable.
Arun Andrew ( Andhra )
30 Apr 2020
Can we drink raw snake gourd juice for insomnia and what is right time and composition to take ?
Imaobong Umoren ( Nigeria )
09 Aug 2020
Is the inside of the snake gourd reddish in colour? Can it be eaten when red?
Rhiannon Szomolyai ( United States )
17 Aug 2020
I have read that snake gourd seeds are toxic to humans (only on one website). My son ate 2 (they were white, and I’m assuming immature) this morning after we picked out first one from the garden, so I’ll a little concerned, but after doing more research I’m seeing only benefits of the fruit and seeds. Thoughts?
Anil kumar ( India )
22 Sep 2020
I heard from my parents that if we eat snake guard and chicken at a time we will die,is it really true or fake.
Just by eating them can a person die.
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