Pumpkin and its usefulness
Annual plant of the cucurbitaceae family, with a climbing or creeping stem, growing up to 8m high. It has exuberant yellow flowers with large leaves covered by urticant hairs.
Constituents and indications
Pumpkin seeds, and especially pumpkin germ contains up to 35% of oil, proteins rich in essential amino acids and cucurbitaem, which is an active component which has the following properties.
Antiseptic. This is the most frequent prostate affliction, adenoma (benign tumor) manifest itself in mature aged men by means of loss of strength in urinating, pollakiuria ( an urge to urinate often in only small amounts), especially at night and after travelling seated, and in severe cases, complete inability to urinate.
Pumpkin seeds contains cucurbitacin which acts particularly on the prostrate, reducing its inflammation and slowing its hypertrophy (enlargement) This is because Cucurbitacin blocks the division of the glandular prostrate cells (antimitotic properties) thus retarding the enlargement of this important gland.
Pumpkin seeds helps as the following
Urinary anti-inflammatory. The active component of pumpkinseeds also acts on the urinary bladder, reducing its inflammation and relaxing it. Pumpkin seeds are recommended for cystitis urinary infection, urinary incontinence, cystocele (protrusion of urinary bladder neurogenic urinary bladder (an irritation which manifests itself by means of a constant urge to urinate)
Vermifuge. Cucurbitacin acts by detaching the head of taeniae (tapeworms) from the intestine walls. It is effective against other intestinal parasites, the expulsion of parasites once the worm has been detached.
Pumpkin flesh when roasted or boiled is rich in sugars; it has emollient properties on the whole digestive system as well as mild diuretic and anti inflammatory properties.
The flesh when roasted or boiled is good for
Digestive disorders, such as dyspepsia (difficult digestion), stomach acidity, constipation, and intestinal fermentation or putrefaction.
Hermonhoids . Penal afflictions (always as a complementary treatment) such as renal insufficiency, nephritis or glomerulonephritis, edema (retention of fluids) and renal calculi.