This tropical vine, cucurbit plant is also known as Coccinia grandis, Coccinia cordifolia, Coccinia indica,, toruli, tindora, tindori, tindoori, parwal, kundru, tondli, toroda, kinduri, thendli, tendli, ghiloda, kowai, kovai, kovakkai, dondakaya, tondekayi, manoli, tindla, gentleman's toes, tam lueng, baby watermelon, little gourd, Calabacita, Calabaza Hiedra, Coccinia Índica, Courge Écarlate, Kovai, Tela Kucha, Tindola.
Some people apply ivy gourd leaves directly to the skin for wounds.
Ivy gourd contains enzymes such as Glucose-6-phosphatase that may reduce blood sugar levels.
In traditional medicine, fruits have been used to treat leprosy, fever, asthma, bronchitis, and jaundice. The fruit possesses mast cell-stabilizing, antianaphylactic, and antihistaminic potential. In Bangladesh, the roots are used to treat osteoarthritis and joint pain. A paste made of leaves is applied to the skin to treat scabies. It also has laxative characteristics.