According to Ayurveda, cucumbers are great at pacifying the pitta dosha.
Pitta is the dosha associated with heat. When Pitta is aggravated, we are prone to get heartburn, experience acidity, become irritable, have high blood pressure, experience sleep disturbances. At such times, incorporating cucumbers in your diet may do the trick, as they are known to reduce excess pitta with their high water content.
In Ayurveda, cucumbers are given to those suffering from the pain associated with arthritis — especially for rheumatoid types. Cucumbers have also been found to reduce the accumulation of uric acid, so they are often used to treat gout. They also reduce the hyperacidity found in those suffering with urinary disorders.
Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to those suffering from diabetes. Research has also found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help to reduce cholesterol levels.
Cucumbers are a good source of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These nutrients work effectively to reduce blood pressure, thus making cucumbers good for treating both low blood and high blood pressure.
If you are feeling stressed, try munching on a cucumber, as they are high in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin B7. Studies have found that Vitamin B helps ease feelings of anxiety and stress.
Suffering from gastric or duodenal ulcers or heartburn, try drinking cucumber juice, as the juice of the cucumber is very helpful with relieving gastric discomfort and hyperacidity.
Cucumbers are also given to those suffering from halitosis, as they help to release excess heat in the stomach, which is said to be one of the main reasons for bad breath.
And last but not least, let’s not forget about the benefits of cucumbers as a beauty aid in ridding one of those nasty dark circles under the eyes. One such way is by placing a slice of cucumber on both eyes. This will diminish puffiness, dark circles and refresh tired eyes. Another effective method is to dip slices of cucumber in cold green tea and place them on your eyes for five to ten minutes. This is a great ayurvedic remedy for getting rid of those dark circles without paying for those expensive under eye creams that rarely do all that they promise.
NOTE: Those with ulcers or stomach and intestinal concerns should enjoy cucumbers as a juice or a soup, not raw.