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Various Health Benefits of Bottle Gourd (Doodhi/Lauki)

Updated on November 17, 2012

When I was a kid mom used to tell me to have bottle gourd (Lauki) in my meal, but I  never liked it until I had developed some heath problems. Then I realized the benefits of this neglected vegetable and started relishing it . Today I would like to share some of the heath benefits of this amazing vegetable. As per researchers bottle gourd is originated in Africa , but today it is cultivated in almost in all tropical regions including India, Philippines, Malaysia and in tropical parts of south America.

Bottle Gourds in other languages

India: lauki, doodhi

Indonesia: labu

Japan: hyotan, yugao

Malaysia: labu ayer

Philippines: upo

Sri Lanka: diya labu

Thailand: buap khaus, nam tao

Vietnam: bau

Botanical Name :: Lagenaria vulgaris

Kingdom : Plantae

Division : Magnoliophyta

Class   : Magnoliopsida          

Family : Cucurbitaceae

There are enormous health benefits of having bottle gourd in your diet.

Good for people who are on low calorie diet – Since it contains 96.1 % water , it is good for people who are on low calorie diet and who wants to get rid of some of their extra weight. So it is highly recommended for people like me.

Helps in curing jaundice- Consumption of bottle gourd helps in overcoming jaundice.

Reduces Thirst - A glassful of plain juice with a pinch of salt should be taken everyday in this condition. Its use during summer prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst and helps in preventing fatigue.


Urinary Disorder – Bottle gourd is very useful in treatment of urinary disorder.

It should be taken once daily in the treatment of burning sensation in urinary passage due to high acidity of urine. Prepare a glass of fresh juice by grating bottle gourd and then mixing it with limejuice. Drink it once a day to combat the burning sensation caused by the high acidity of urine.

Baldness or Hairfall Problem- It also helps in curing hairfall problem and baldness.

Good for people suffering from insomnia  

Other benefits- Bottle gourd is not only rich in essential minerals, iron, protein and trace elements; it is also rich in fibre. Fibre helps in preventing constipation and other digestive disorders like flatulence and piles.

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Bottle gourd is used in making numbers of Indian cuisines from curries to sweets , here i’ll teach you how to make bottle gourd juice in 10 minutes.


1 cup of peeled bottle gourd pieces 
9-10 Basil (Tulsi) leaves
5-6 field Field mint (Pudina) leaves
Salt to taste
Black Pepper Powder (1/2 teaspoon)


1.Cut bottle gourd into small cubes.
2. Add all other ingredient in it.
3. Make a juice of it with the juicer

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Mouth Watering Bottle Gourd Juice
Mouth Watering Bottle Gourd Juice
Mouth Watering Bottle Gourd Juice


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      4 years ago

      I'm a little confused with the different comments I have read regarding this vegetable. I have eaten it in a curry and found it really nice, however If it's not recommended to eat/drink in it's raw form how are you able to juice it and not have any of the side effects that are pointed out to you getting?

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      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Topaz.. it can be easily found in your nearby market and supermarket.. it is also known as long melon or calabash

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      topaz blue 

      7 years ago


      This sounds wonderful! Where can I buy bottled gourd?

      Many thanks

      Topaz Blue

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Thanks a ton queen for dropping by and liking my hub. Yes this veggie is very beneficial for our health. Its like a panacea.

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      7 years ago from Dubai

      I wondered after reading this hub.This much useful ?? Very very informative and useful hub.Thank u so much for sharing.

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      7 years ago from Central Texas

      I am not familiar with bottle gourds - will definietly will do some investigating - I would like to try the bottle gourd drink - it looks delicious - B.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from MUMBAI

      Komala Thank you so much for reading the hub.

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      8 years ago

      Thank u so much for this information u hv provided, from many years i was searching for a good weight loss diet, it will be very usefull to me, i will pass on this information from many people who ever is not aware of this thank u once again.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from MUMBAI

      But you won't believe but off late this vegetable is gaining good popularity in India among health conscious people...... Thank you for reading this hub.

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      8 years ago

      Yup,the most neglected and rejected vegetable, I wonder how you chose to write about it. Informative hub!

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      Thank you very much for dropping by........ yeah most of the ingredients you'll get in your near by super market....

      in india most of the people use it in their daily diet....recently many health concious people have increased its intake due to its benefits..... Try it you'll definitely find it not very delicious but very beneficial.......

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      9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      The bottle gourd juice looks absolutely delicious. I do believe I can find all of the fresh ingredients in local markets here in the northeast USA, even in winter. Thanks so much for this excellent information.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      Thank a ton sir for the encouragement.......

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      Thank a ton sir for the encouragement.......

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      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      A very informative and interesting hub!


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