The seed of Cucurbita Pepo Linne (nat. ord. Cucurbitaceae).

Habitat

Tropical Asia and America; cultivated.

Characters

About 2 cm. long, broadly ovate, flat, white, or whitish, nearly smooth, with a shallow groove parallel to the edge; containing a short, conical radicle and two flat cotyledons; inodorous; taste bland and oily.

Composition

1) Fixed oil, 44 per cent. (2) An Acrid Resin, considered to be the taeniafuge principle. (3) Two Proteids {Myosin and Vitellin). (4) Fatty Acids.

Dose, 1 to 3 oz.; 30. to go. gm.

Action And Uses Of Pumpkin Seed

Pepo administered as an emulsion is one of the most efficient and at the same time harmless taeniafuges.