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What other names is Ivy Gourd known by?

Calabacita, Calabaza Hiedra, Coccinia cordifolia, Coccinia grandis, Coccinia indica, Coccinia Índica, Courge Écarlate, Kovai, Little Gourd, Tela Kucha, Tindola.

What is Ivy Gourd?

Ivy gourd is a plant. The leaves, root, and fruit are used to make medicine.

People take ivy gourd for diabetes, gonorrhea, and constipation.

Some people apply ivy gourd leaves directly to the skin for wounds.

Ivy gourd fruit and leaves are used as a vegetable in India and other Asian countries.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Diabetes. Taking ivy gourd by mouth seems to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gonorrhea.
  • Constipation.
  • Skin wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ivy gourd 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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