Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cog

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn is aslo known as Benincasa cerifera Savi, Cucurbita hispida Thunb., belongs to Cucurbitaceae, family.
The Arabic Name for this herb is Mohiddabah.
The English Name for this herb is White Pumpkin.
The Urdu Names for this herb are Kachnar Kohli, Kaddu-e-Roomi, Petha.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn are Alterative, Anthelmintic, Anti-bilious, Blood Heat, Cooling, Diuretic, Exhilarant, Febrifuge, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Restorative, Sedative, Vermifuge.


  • Diuretic
  • Refrigerant

  • Oil:
  • Anthelmintic
  • Sedative

  • Fruits:
  • Anti-bilious
  • Exhilarant
  • Nutritive
  • Restorative
  • Tonic

  • Indications

    The Indications of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn are Cough, Hoarseness, Phthisis, Asthma, Haemoptysis, Burning Sensation, Urinary Irritation, Leg Ulcers.

    The Indications of Seeds of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn are Tuberculosis, Asthma, Skin Infection (Taenia).

    The Indications of Oil of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn are Muscle spasms, Skin Dryness.

    The Indications of Fruits of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn are Brain Disorders, Cardiac Disorders, Piles, Dyspepsia.

    No Contra Indication information is available for Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.


    The Temperament of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn is 2nd order, cold and moist.

    Available Brands

    No Brand information is available for Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.

    Compound Preparations

    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn is used in the preparation of Ma'jun Hamal' Anbari, Murabba-i-Pitha compounds.


    Whole HerbN/A
    Seeds5.000g - 7.000gN/A

    Herb's Description

    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn is a herb, angular in shape, and climber
    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's Fruits, size is usually 25-60 x 10-25 cm. Fleshys, succulent, densely hairy when young, thickly deposited with white easily removeable waxy bloom when nature, flesh white spongy
    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's Seeds, ovoid, white, yellowish white or pale brown in color. Compressed, dictinctly marginate.
    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's Leaves. Large and long petioled, 5-7 lobed, reniform-rotund, deeply cordate upper surface sparsely pilose and scabrous, lower rigidly hispid, margine sinuate, dentate or crenulate; tendril slendril, short.
    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's Stem: rough in texture
    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's Flower, yellow in color, size is usually large. Solitary, axillary, monoecious

    Taste Odor & Occurrence

    Occurence: It occurs in China, Eastern Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Polynesia (Islands).
    Taste: Insipid


    No information regarding Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's substitute is currently available.

    Active Constituents

    Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's Active constituents:


    No information regarding Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn's antidot is currently available.

    Warning & Precautions

    Described as harmful for individuals with phlegmatic temperament.Its use stimulates the production of phlegm.


    Currently no Toxicity information is available for Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn. (work in progress)