Ivy gourd


Coccinia indica, also known as ivy gourd, is a tropical plant in the Cucurbitaceae family. It is an aggressive climbing vine that can spread quickly over trees, shrubs, and fences. The flower is large and white and contains five long, tubular petals. Ivy gourd grows well in India and Thailand, as well as in tropical areas such as Hawaii.
The roots, fruit, and leaves of Coccinia indica have been used for many medical conditions, including inflammation, asthma, cardiovascular disease (heart disease), and high cholesterol. Coccinia indica has mainly been studied as an antidiabetic agent. It has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in humans and in animals.
There is a lack of high-quality studies of Coccinia indica for any other purpose besides managing diabetes.

Related Terms

Chitooligosaccharide-specific lectin, Coccinia cordifolia, Coccinia grandis Voigt, Coccinia indica, Coccinia indica agglutinin (CIA), Coccinia indica Wight & Arn., Cucurbitaceae (family), ivy gourd, lectin, pectins, telakucha.
Select combination products: MTEC consists of an aqueous-methanol extract of Coccinia indica, Eugenia jambolana, Musa paradisiaca, and Tamarindus indica.

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Diabetes (Grade: B)
has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in diabetics. However, more studies are needed before conclusions can be made.