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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 239-242

A Clinical Evaluation of Vrishya Effect of Kushmanda [Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cong.] Beeja


1 Lecturer, Akhandanand Govt. Ayurveda College, Ahmedabad, India
2 Professor & HOD - Dravyaguna, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
3 Reader in Dravyaguna, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
4 Head - Pharmacology Laboratory, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India

Correspondence Address:
Shiromani Mishra
Lecturer, Akhandanand Govt. Ayurveda College, Ahmedabad
India
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Kushmanda is a well known plant since Vedic period. It is botanically known as Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cong. belonging to the family Cucurbitaceae. It has been highlighted for its Medhya, Mutral, Vrishya etc. properties by various Ayurvedic authors. Its seeds are used by some tribals for enhancing sexual power. The seeds of Benincasa hispida procured from Agra (U.P.) were authenticated in pharmacognosy laboratory of I.P.G.T. & R.A. to prepare granules in the pharmacy of Gujarat Ayurved University. Total 30 patients were randomly divided in two groups and treated with: Placebo - wheat flour tablet, 2 tab. twice daily with 3 gms of sugar and lukewarm water and Kushmanda seed granules, 6 gms twice daily with lukewarm water for 45 days. The assessment was done on the basis of changes in seminal parameters and sexual health parameters. The study revealed that Kushmanda seed granules increased penile erection, rigidity and orgasm etc.


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