Cucumis melo

Cucumis melo L.

Cucurbitaceae

  • Cucumis callosus (Rottler) Cogn. Cucumis acidus Jacq..
  • Melon
  • Musk Melon
  • بطيخ
  • بطيخ أصفر
  • battikh asfar
  • bittikh
  • מְלָפְפוֹן מְשֻׁלָּשׁ
  • melafefon meshulash

Annual

  • Batha
  • Phrygana

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Cucumis melo L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Skin freckles

Freckle remover

Prepare compress from grated seeds. (Admin. not specified.)

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Diuretic

Diuretic

Grind seeds, extract (? infuse) in water & drink after warming liquid.

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Regulate renal function

Renal

Eat seeds.

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Cucumis melo contains curcurbitacins, the bitter principal of curcurbit triterpenes. Similar in structure to cardiac glycosides they can produce similar effects. Ripe fruits are most poisonous for domestic animals including cattle & sheep. Fruits of cultivated species of the Cucurbitacea family including melons have been cultivated to become free of cucurbitacins. Intoxication in humans by the bitter principal can cause acute pharyngeal oedema, dyspnoea, dysphagia, drooling & vomiting. Avoid in pregnancy, lactation & with allergy to melons.