Edgar Cayce mentioned a tea made from the seeds of the common watermelon 75 times in his readings, the most of any herb in his readings. This herb is also used in Chinese Traditional medicine and in Naturopathic medicine. Since their use parallels Cayce's approach, it appears that Cayce's method of using watermelon seed is well supported by the experience of Chinese Traditional and natural medicine physicians. According to Cayce, the seeds are 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 urinary 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). The dosage Cayce often recommended was 1 teaspoon of seed to 1 pint of boiling water. Allow this to steep 15 minutes. Take once per week or more. In many readings it was advised that the preparation best be taken in smaller quantities several times a day, rather than in a large quantity all at once.
Naturopathic uses of watermelon seed are similar to those utilized by Cayce and Traditional Chinese medicine. 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. In Traditional Chinese medicine watermelon seeds are used as a diuretic, and they are also used as a remedy for constipation.
• Active ingredients causing the diuretic effect, citrulline and arginine, cause increased synthesis of urea in the liver.
• 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.
• 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.
• Lessens the incidence of canker sores, kidney and urinary infections, kidney stones, dysentery, and irritability.
• Watermelon rind has high silicon content; in Chinese medicine it is used to treat diabetes and hypertension.
• Watermelon tea, because of its cold nature, may be rubbed on acne, to help decrease the blemishes.
• Can be used in children to relieve urinary pain, and to facilitate the passage of urine.
• Can be used for backache caused by the passage of kidney stones. They help to soothe the kidneys and the bladder, reducing inflammation.
• Watermelon seeds contain cucurbocitrin, a compound that dilates blood capillaries, which can assist in lowering the blood pressure.
It should be noted that, according to Chinese medicine, watermelon is to be avoided in those with weak digestion, anemia, asthma, or excessive or uncontrolled urination.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 April, 2005.