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What other names is Chinese Cucumber known by?

Chinese Cucumber Fruit, Chinese Cucumber Root, Chinese Cucumber Seed, Chinese Snake Gourd, Compound Q, Concombre Chinois, Fruit de Concombre Chinois, Graine de Concombre Chinois, Gua Lou, Gua Luo Ren, Gualou, Racine de Concombre Chinois, Tian Hua Fen, Trichosanthes, Trichosanthes Fruit Peel, Trichosanthes japonica, Trichosanthes kirilowii, Tricosanthes.

What is Chinese Cucumber?

Chinese cucumber is an herb. People use the fruit, seed, and root to make medicine.

Chinese cucumber ROOT is taken by mouth for HIV/AIDS, cough, fever, swelling, tumors, and diabetes. Chinese cucumber root is sometimes given as a shot to cause an abortion. A starch extract of the root is used for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), absence of menstruation, yellowing of the skin caused by bile pigments in the blood (jaundice), liver disease (hepatitis), frequent urination, and tumors.

Chinese cucumber FRUIT and SEED are taken by mouth for cough, fever, swelling, tumors, and diabetes.

Chinese cucumber FRUIT is also applied to the vagina to cause an abortion.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • HIV infection.
  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Tumors.
  • Diabetes.
  • Causing an abortion, when the root is given as a shot or the fruit is applied to the vagina.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Chinese cucumber for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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