Health Benefits of Upo, Bottle Gourd

I am looking for health benefits and medicinal uses of upo. Please share your knowledge here. Any bit of information will be of great help.

For the start, here are some medicinal uses. (courtesy of the Department of Agriculture)

1) The young shoots and leaves are used medicinally for enema – an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes

2) The pulp is occasionally employed as an adjunct to purgatives and is also used as ingredient in various confections; it is useful in coughs, and as an altitude to certain poisons.

3) The pulp is applied as a poultice and cooling application to the shaved head in delirium, and to the soles in burning of the feet.

4) The seeds yield clear, limpid oil, which is used as an emollient application to the head and as a means of relieving headache. This oil is also administered internally.

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6 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Upo, Bottle Gourd

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  2. i am into organic planting/pesticide. i am using pesticide with sesame oil as 80% ingredients. it does work but leaves a very sticky residue. my upo is being infested by worm mostly on the new shoot. it does not give the young ones a chance to develop and the fruit drop. what can you recommend.

    • Try spraying organic pesticide at night cause most pest are nocturnal – active at night time. Mother and father are wrapping upo with newspaper to prevent infestation of fruit flies. Wrap young fruits with newspapers, leave the end open.

  3. We planted Upo last year at our home in Western/Central Florida (Hudson, Pasco County) The plant grew at a very fast rate, 18″ to 24″ per day (at night) and completly covered a 4′ high chain link fence, about 80 ‘ long. We harvested many young fruit for eating and allowed some to mature for seed for this years crop. We had no idea how quickly and large it grew, and planned this years crop much better. Last year some gourds grew to a length of 30 to 40 inches long. We find the gourds are best eaten before the outer skin becomes hard, when at about 6 to 8 inches long. I like Upo cooked much like you would Zuccini squash, with tomato and onions. My wife uses Upo in many other Phillapino dishes. What a strange plant it can be, this year growing up a 16′ column to our balcony and completly covering the handrail around the rear of our home.
    Warren Hulbert, Leticia (Pantig) Hulbert, Hudson Florida.

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