Water Melon Seeds
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water melon seeds
Watermelon seeds are used in Naturopathic medicine. Watermelon seed tea is a remedy that helps cleanse the body through the urinary system. It is a stimulant to the functioning of the kidneys and bladder, acting as a diuretic (increasing the flow of urine) . In this manner it may assist in the healing of infections and removal of accumulations in the urinary system, and can cleanse the body of wastes that might otherwise contribute to skin conditions like urticaria (hives) , or contribute to forms of edema (swelling) . It was also used for relief of gastric pressure due to accumulation of fluid in the abdominal region, for ovarian inflammation due to accumulation of fluid in the lower abdominal or pelvic regions, and was used post-partum (after childbirth) to normalize and improve kidney function which may be impaired during the course of pregnancy. In Chinese medicine the seeds are used as a diuretic, and they are also used as a remedy for constipation.
The fruit has a diuretic effect, which is probably related to its citrulline and arginine content, which cause increased synthesis of urea in the liver. The fruit is used by Chinese physicians to build body fluids, moisten the intestines, and decrease thirst. It is helpful to detoxify the body and to remove excess heat. This lessens the incidence of canker sores, kidney and urinary infections, kidney stones, dysentery, and irritability. Naturopathic uses of watermelon seed are similar to those utilized by Chinese medicine. They are used in children to relieve urinary pain, and to facilitate the passage of urine. It has also been used for backache caused by the passage of kidney stones. They help to soothe the kidneys and the bladder, reducing inflammation. The seeds contain cucurbocitrin, a compound that dilates blood capillaries, which can assist in lowering the blood pressure.
Watermelon seed is helpful for maintaining the health of the urinary tract, and may even be used as a preventative in individuals who show a weakness in the urinary system organs.