Plant and Herbs

Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract for skin

Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract is commonly known as Chinese cucumber.

Benefits of Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract in cosmetics:

  • Antioxidant: Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract contains many antioxidants along with active compounds such as trichosantin, cucurbitacins, and flavnoids that can protect the skin from damage.
  • Skin brightening: its also helps to brighten the skin by melanin inhibition activity.

Benefits of Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract for the body:

  • help decrease pain and swelling.
  • It is taken by mouth to treat HIV/AIDS, cough, fever, swelling, tumors, and diabetes, but there is scientific evidence to prove it.
  • It might help protect against stomach ulcers.
  • It is also sometimes given as a shot to cause an abortion (it is also applied to the vagina to cause an abortion).
  • A starch extract of the root is used for treating abscesses, absence of menstruation, jaundice, hepatitis, frequent urination, and tumors.

How to use Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract?

Chinese cucumber should be safe to eat as a fruit for most people. It does have mild side effects such as diarrhea and an upset stomach, but there isn’t much information on whether this fruit can be used as a medicine.

Chinese cucumber root extract is likely unsafe when taken by a shot. It can cause severe side effects such as allergic reactions, fever, seizures, fluid buildup in the lungs and brain, bleeding in the brain, heart damage, and death.

Note: always consult a doctor if you are planning to consume or use root extracts like Chinese cucumber.

Frequently asked questions:

Is trichosanthes kirilowii root extract safe for pregnancy or breastfeeding?

No, Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract is unsafe for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Can trichosanthes kirilowii root extract reduce blood sugar?

Yes, Trichosanthes kirilowii root extract reduces high blood sugar levels but using it along with diabetes medications can bring blood sugar levels too low leading to complications.