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Hey Scat...from what I understand

I believe that pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin oil are the same. My understanding is that the seed possesses the antiparasitic activity. I just kind of assumed that the poster meant pumpkin seed oil because the oil is gathered from the seeds, not the flesh or skin. But I could be wrong! I found this on a site about pumpkin seed oil:

Pumpkin Seed (Curcurbita pepo)
Pumpkins are thought to be originally native to North America, but are now found worldwide. They are an annual creeping plant with twining stems, lobed leaves, yellow flowers and large orange fruit. Pumpkins are harvested in autumn or fall (1).

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Pumpkin seeds contain a fixed oil which is mostly linoleic acid (43-56%)
and oleic acid (24-38%). Other constituents include protein, sterols,
curcurbitin, vitamin E, beta-carotene and minerals (including iron, zinc and selenium) (1).
Pumpkin seed is taken orally for bladder irritations and intestinal worms (2).
It is thought to be a particularly safe and effective deworming agent,
particularly in children for whom aggressive and toxic preparations are inappropriate (1).

Traditionally pumpkin seed has been taken to expel intestinal worms (3)
with particular effectiveness noted against both Tapeworms and roundworms (4) (5). Early settlers in North America mixed ground pumpkin seeds with water,
milk or honey to provide a remedy for worms (1).

The United States Pharmacopoeia listed pumpkin seeds as an official medicine for eliminating parasites from 1863 until 1936, and this use for curcurbita was practiced by eclectic physicians at the end of the 19th century. Traditional uses within the United States also included treating bacterial infections of the kidneys and urinary tract infections (2) (6).

Laboratory studies have demonstrated that curcurbitin, a chief constituent in pumpkin seed, has antiparasitic activity. Human trials in China show that pumpkin seed is helpful to people suffering from schistosomiasis, a severe parasitic disease. Other human studies in China and Russia have
demonstrated the effectiveness of pumpkin seed against Tapeworm
infestations (6).

Generally pumpkin seed is regarded as safe when taken appropriately.
Due to the lack of reliable evidence on the effect of pumpkin seed on
pregnancy and lactation, it should be avoided during these times (2).

This article copyright 2003 by Mark Porter. All rights reserved.


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