Benincasa hispida (Winter Melon): Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Benincasa hispida is a plant from the Cucurbitaceae family. Common names for Benincasa hispida include hairy melon, winter melon, wax-ground, ash pumpkin and white pumpkin. The plant grows native to parts of Asian, where it is used as a natural remedy for various ailments. Extracts of the plant are known to contain a number of beneficial phytochemicals including triterpenes, phenolics, various glycosides, and sterols. It is through that many of the phytochemicals confer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the consumer. A number of studies have shown that the juice from Benincasa hispida may have significant anti-anxiety effects. It has been suggested that Benincasa hispida may be a useful treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, a form of anxiety, due to evidence that in animal models Benincasa hispida was significantly able to reduce compulsive behaviour in mice. However, these results have never been demonstrated in humans (because no one has performed the study). 

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Ayati, Z., Sarris, J., Chang, D., Emami, S.A. and Rahimi, R., 2020. Herbal medicines and phytochemicals for obsessive–compulsive disorder. Phytotherapy Research. https:// 10.1002/ptr.6656

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