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.
Possibly Effective for:
- Diabetes. Taking ivy gourd by mouth seems to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
- Skin wounds, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
IVY GOURD Side Effects & Safety
Ivy gourd is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for up to 6 weeks. There isn’t enough information to know if ivy gourd is safe for longer-term use.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking ivy gourd if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Ivy gourd might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes and use ivy gourd, 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.
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.