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Citrullus colocynthis Schrad.
  • Family : Cucurbitaceae
  • English: Bitter apple
  • Hindi : Badi indrayan
  • Gujarati : Indravaruni, Indravarna
  • Sanskrit : Indravaruni

  • Part used : Fruit

Botanical Description:  An extensively trailing annual herb with bifid tendrils, angular branching stems and wooly tender shoots, leaves deeply divided, lobes narrow, thick glabrous, or somewhat hairy, flowers monoecious yellow, both males and females solitary corolla pale yellow, fruit globose or oblong fleshy indehiscent berry 5 – 7.5 cm in diameter and variegated with green and white; seeds pale brown. Flowering and fruiting during August to December.

It is cultivated and wild, throughout India in warm areas.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Tikta
  • Guna : Laghu, Ruksa, Tiksna
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Krighna, Vamaka, Visahara, Recana, Slesmahara

Modern Pharmacological Action: The plant showed antimicrobial activity, Antihistamitic effect

Our Products containing this ingredient
Indravaruni Root Extract

  • Shyamala Herbal Hair Oil
  • Trichup Oil