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Medicinal Importance of Cucurbitaceous Crops

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Horticulture, H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand, 246174, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 4, Issue (6), Pages 1-3, June,10 (2015)


The role of different vegetables in human life is very valuable to the all biotic and a biotic races, so for as the natural healing power of vegetables. It appears that in ancient times, India was far-advanced in health knowledge then other country of the words. The medicinal importance of vegetables is known the peoples at the time of immemorial, there are altos of books were written and describe the medicinal value of vegetables viz., Rig Veda one of them that describe the medicinal importance of vegetables. However the people totally ignore the hidden power of these vegetables, the main advantage of these vegetable medicines is accurate and no side effects of after effect like antibiotics of modern medicines. Vegetables are used as tonics, antioxidants, cooling, digestive, laxative, diuretic etc. But its progress is far behind as compared to other system of treatment; because most of the people cannot recognize, so that they are not utilized the medicinal properties of these vegetables. Vegetables are used as a medicine and cooking purpose for centuries. Vegetables are a rich source of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, amino acids and minerals like. Iron, Potassium and Magnesium etc., they are directly involved in the metabolism of human body. The cucurbitaceae crop is rich in nutritional value as well as medicinal values like. night-blindness, dropsy, anthelmintic, gonorrhea diseases, peptic ulcer, haemoptysis, respiratory trouble, haemorrhoids, leprosy, splenitis, heart disease etc. these are cured by cucurbitaceae crops. Cucurbites indirectly act as an alternative source of medicinal drugs, which are easily available in natural habitat and also in wild forms. In the several dicates there has been incredibly increase in the use of vegetables based health products in different countries especially in developed countries because of their advances techniques. Hence during upcoming time by analyzing these plants for available bioactive contents they may be introduced as future herbal medicine.


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