Indications Melon

Acne (1; FNF; MAR); Anasarca (f; BIB); Anuria (f; DEP); Apoplexy (f; BIB); Ascites (f; BIB; KAB); Biliousness (f; BIB); Bronchosis (f; BIB); Bruise (f; BIB); Burn (f; BIB); Cancer (f; BIB); Cancer, bladder (f1; FNF; JLH); Cancer, liver (f1; FNF; JLH); Cancer, stomach (f1; BIB; JLH; JNU); Cancer, uterus (f1; BIB; JNU); Cardiopathy (1; FNF; JNU); Childbirth (f; HJP); Cold (f; BIB); Coryza (f; BIB); Cough (f; BIB; BOU); Cystosis (f; FNF; JLH); Dermatosis (f; BIB); Diabetes (f; BIB); Dyspepsia (f; BIB); Dysuria (f; BIB; DEP; NPM); Eczema (f; BIB; UPW; WOI); Extravasation (f; BIB); Fatigue (f; BIB); Fever (f; BOU); Freckle (f; BIB); Fungus (1; UPW); Gastrosis (f; JLH); Gonorrhea (f; BIB); Hepatosis (f; BIB; JLH); Hyperkeratosis (1; FNF; PAM; DAS); Ichthyosis (1; FNF); Infection (1; UPW); Inflammation (f1; JLH; X15261965); Insanity (f; KAB); Jaundice (f; BIB; LMP); Leukoplakia (1; FNF; PAM); Lupus (1; FNF; MAR); Mastosis (1; FNF); Menorrhagia (f; BIB); Mycosis (1; UPW); Nephrosis (f; BIB); Oliguria (f; BIB); Ophthalmia (f; BIB); Pityriasis (1; FNF);

Photophobia (1; FNF); PMS (1; FNF); Polyp (f; BIB); Porphyria (1; FNF); Prostatosis (f; FAC); Psoriasis (1; FNF); Rhinosis (f; BIB); Sore (f; BIB); Sore Throat (f; KAB); Stomatosis (f; BIB); Stress (1; FNF); Sunburn (f; BIB); Sunstroke (f; BIB); Thirst (f; KAB); Tumor (f; BIB); Tympanites (f; DEP); Ulcer (1; FNF); Uterosis (f; JLH); Venereal Disease (f; BIB); Xerophthalmia (1; FNF).

Dosages (Melon):

Fruit widely eaten raw, pickled, or baked; seeds eaten raw or toasted, or slurried in fruit juices; or the oil is expressed. Roasted charmagaz is a mixture of peeled melon, cucumber, pumpkin, and watermelon seed (FAC; TAN; EB54:155); leaves eaten as a relish, vegetable, and in soups (UPW).

• Algerians give floral tea after surgically removing fetus (HJP).

• Asian Indians apply bruised seeds to children with tympanites (DEP).

• Asian Indians suggest fruit, raw or cooked, as lotion in eczema, freckles, and sunburn (NAD); one fruit a day for eczema (DEP).

• Asian Indians consider their beverage called burfi good for the prostate (FAC).

• Asian Indians consider the seed oil diuretic (NAD).

Ayurvedics consider the fruit aphrodisiac, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, and tonic, using it for ascites, biliousness, fatigue, and insanity (KAB).

• Chinese suggest the seed for stomach cancer (JLH).

• Lebanese rub fruit pulp on breast and give it to weaning children to suck (HJP).

• Lebanese believe the melon repels bedbugs (HJP).

• Unani, considering the seed diuretic, lachrymatory, and tonic, use for bronchosis, fever, hepatosis, nephrosis, ophthalmia, sore throat, thirst; the fruit they consider cardiotonic, cerebrotonic, diaphoretic, diuretic, lactagogue, used for dysuria and ophthalmia, the vulnerary rind applied to the hypogastrium as diuretic (KAB).

Extracts (Melon):

Vouldoukis et al. (2004) proved antioxidant and antiinflammatory activities in a melon extract selected for its high superoxide dismutase activity. The extract dose dependently inhibited the production of superoxide anion (maximal at 100 pg/ml). The antiinflammatory properties of the extract were, in part, due to the induction of production of IL-10 by peritoneal macrophages (X15261965). Alpha-spinasterol significantly (circa 1000 x simvastin, a coenzyme-A inhibitor) modulates development and/or progression of diabetic nephropathy. It reduced significantly attendant increases in serum triglycerides, renal weight, and urinary protein excretion in diabetic mice (X15326549).

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