By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
Cucumber is a well known diuretic and natural complexion enhancer. It is a potent moisturizer by both oral intake and external application. Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of high amount of water which fulfills the daily need of water content especially in summer.
Cucumber is rich in vitamin K, B1, B5, B7. copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, beta-carotene, antioxidant flavonoids such as quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol.
Ayurveda explains Cucumber as Trapusa. According to the classical literature it is a coolant and potent enough in the treatment of oedema, bilious conditions, head ache, ascitis, urinary calculi, burning urination etc.
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Cucumber is mostly used as a vegetable also. Its tender fruits are taken in raw form itself. Ripened fruits are rich in water content and hence in its diuretic effect too.
For urinary calculi
1. Cucumber fresh pulp juice in urinary calculi:
6-10 cucumber pieces are taken and crushed well to obtain fresh juice. To 1 cup of this juice, 3 – 5 grams of sugar candy and a pinch of cardamom powder are added and this is administered 2 – 3 times a day, 30 minutes before food. This remedy is safe to continue for very long periods of time.
This helps to evacuate out the small gravels of the urine (urinary calculi).
Or else this can be used as a vehicle/after drink with any of the diuretic medicine.
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2. Pulp jaggery mixture in gastritis and lethargy:
Mature cucumber fruit is cut from one of its ends. Seeds are separated. To around 50 grams of these slices, jaggery 20-30 gram is added and scooped.
Some add half a teaspoon of cardamom and black pepper.
Instead, pulp is taken and to that by adding jaggery it can be ground well in mixer or grinder.
This is taken in the evening hours, before food, in a dose This pacifies lethargy as well as acid peptic disorders.
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For burning micturition
3. Cucumber seed with buttermilk in acidic urine/burning sensation in urine:
A fistful of cucumber seeds are collected and it is soaked in butter milk for overnight. Next day morning this is churned well in a mixer or grinder. To this little sugar can be added.
This helps to pacify burning caused during urination.
For burning sensation of eyes
4. Cucumber fine paste application around the eyes for burning sensation:
Tender cucumber is taken and it is made into fine paste (or else sliced fruits can also be applied).This paste is applied around the eyes and retained for a period of 1-2 hours. This helps to relieve burning sensation of the eyes.
Similarly this is used (especially sliced pieces) as natural moisturizers especially after removing the makeup. This serves as a skin replenisher also.
Cucumber is a natural coolant. While travelling in summer it is always better to eat the sliced cucumber instead of opting for cool drinks which in fact contain multiple chemical constituents.
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