Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) Herbal Benefit for Diabetis
Ampalaya is a vegetable grown throughout the Philippines. It is mostly cultivated, although wild forms can be found. It grows wild in the remote areas of Mt. Banahaw. As the English name suggests, the melon has a bitter taste due to the presence of momordicin.
There has been much research done on the effectiveness of using Momordica Charantia in the treatment of diabetes. It has been shown to increase production of beta cells by the pancreas, thereby improving the body’s ability to produce insulin. It has been recommended by the Department of Health of the Philippines, as one of the best herbal medicines for it’s ability to help with liver problems, Diabetes and HIV.
It is a common herb used in Chinese herbology. In the Philippines, the leaves are often used for children’s coughs. It is also used in the treatment of skin diseases, sterility in women, as a parasiticide, as an antipyretic, and as a purgative.
- For coughs, fever, worms, diarrhea, diabetes, juice the Ampalaya leaves and drink a spoonful every day.
- For other ailments, the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally.
- For headaches wounds, burns and skin diseases, apply warmed leaves to afflicted area.
Note: In large dozes, pure Ampalaya juice can be a purgative and abortifacient.
Herbal Benefits of Ampalaya:
- Good for rheumatism and gout
- And diseases of the spleen and liver
- Aids in lowering blood sugar levels
- Helps in lowering blood pressure
- Relives headaches
- Disinfects and heals wounds & burns
- Can be used as a cough & fever remedy
- Treatment of intestinal worms, diarrhea
- Helps prevent some types of cancer
- Enhances immune system to fight infection
- Is an antioxidant, parasiticide, antibacterial & antipyretic