Ivy Gourd



Ivy gourd is a plant. The leaves, root, and fruit are used to make medicine.

People take ivy gourd for diabetes, gonorrhea, and constipation.

Some people apply ivy gourd leaves directly to the skin for wounds.

Ivy gourd fruit and leaves are used as a vegetable in India and other Asian countries.

How it works

Ivy gourd contains chemicals that may reduce blood sugar levels.


Possibly Effective

Taking ivy gourd by mouth seems to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.


Possibly safe

Ivy gourd is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for up to 6 weeks. There isn't enough information to know if ivy gourd is safe for longer-term use.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking ivy gourd if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?

Diabetes: Ivy gourd might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes and use ivy gourd, check your blood sugar carefully.

Surgery: Ivy gourd might lower blood sugar. There is some concern it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using ivy gourd at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Always consult with your doctor.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Ivy gourd might lower blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking ivy gourd along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (Diabeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.