Saturday, August 21, 2010

Herb 101 - Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is used as traditional medicine wherever it is found. Asia, Africa and Latin America widely used this as remedy for diabetes millitus since ancient times. It is also used to treat fevers, viral infections and as an emmenagogue in reproductive health. Other uses are for treatment for gastrointestinal complaints, worms, constipation, headaches and skin conditions. Its fruits are use for topically for wound healing.

Bitter melon is also known as African cucumber, balsam pear,bitter gourd, kakara, karela, ku gua, sushavi and wild cucumber.

Allowable dosage for common illness is at 50 to 100 ml per day. Though over dosage do not show any significant side-effect, it is discourage to take more than the normal dosage.

Take not of this, in administering bitter melon to patients, avoid the seeds, it contains toxic lectins. Only its fruit and leaves are used in medicine.

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