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IVY GOURD

Other Names:

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

IVY GOURD Overview
IVY GOURD Uses
IVY GOURD Side Effects
IVY GOURD Interactions
IVY GOURD Dosing
IVY GOURD Overview Information

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.

How does it work?

Ivy gourd contains chemicals that may reduce blood sugar levels.

IVY GOURD Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Diabetes. Developing research suggests that ivy gourd might improve blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • 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.


IVY GOURD Side Effects & Safety

Ivy gourd appears to be safe for most people when taken by mouth for up to six weeks. There isn’t enough information to know if ivy gourd is safe for longer-term use.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of ivy gourd during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Ivy gourd might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar carefully.

Surgery: Ivy gourd might lower blood sugar. There is some concern it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using ivy gourd at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

IVY GOURD Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with IVY GOURD

    Ivy gourd can decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking ivy gourd along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
    Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.


IVY GOURD Dosing

The appropriate dose of ivy gourd depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ivy gourd. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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