Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Medicinal values of Bitter Gourd

Momordica charantai
or Bitter gourd is also known as Karela in Hindi Language. It is one of the common vegetables used in India, China, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and in Vietnam. Bitter gourd is a source of all necessary vitamins and minerals such as, vitamin A, B1, B2, iron, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous, and Copper. Regular use of bitter gourd can help us to prevent many diseases like hypertension, indigestion, eye complication etc. It purifies blood tissues and stimulates liver functions. Following are some diseases where bitter gourd plays a major role in order to get rid of them:
Diabetes: Researches revealed that it contains insulin like property which is very helpful to lower the urine sugar level. Taking the juice of four and five fruits every morning is quite helpful for diabetic patients.
Cholera: Mixture of two tsp. of bitter gourd juice with the same quantity of onion juice and one tsp. of lemon juice is effective in the early stage of cholera.
Constipation and Piles: The decoction of the roots is beneficial for this kind of ailments. Mixed three tsp. of leaf juice with a glassful of fresh milk. Take it every morning for a month can help to get relief form piles.
Blood related diseases: In case of different diseases which are related to blood, regular use of the blend of a cup of bitter gourd juice and one tsp. of lime juice in empty stomach may give positive result.
Respiratory Disorders: For cough and cold, asthma, bronchitis etc. and also in other respiratory disorders bitter gourd plays an important role. For respiratory problems mix up a tsp. of root paste with the equal amount of honey or the juice of basil leaves and take it once before going to bed at night.
Alcoholism: Bitter gourd is also helpful for damaged liver caused by intaking excess alcohol.


At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really useful posting. These all home remedies are quite easy to make. I have been suffering from asthma since past few years. So let me check if this home remedy will be fruitful or not to me.

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous disha said...

These are sound interesting. Yes I know that Bitter Gourd or Karela is a common vegetable; but I was fully unaware about its huge medicinal values. I’ve heard from somewhere that it also effective for several skin eruptions. Is it true?

At 12:08 AM, Anonymous maria_jones said...

Your post seems to be really helpful; since it says that bitter gourds are basically a good herbal medicine rather than a vegetable.

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thnk for this nice information.I hv heared about bitter guard but i did't
hv any idea about it.I also came to know frm u that it has excellent medicinal virtues.k let me chk it.

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At 12:00 AM, Blogger vaidyadilemma said...

Bitter gourd can never replace inslulin in type I diabetes. Some ayurvedic physicians even advice patients to take bitter gourd without cooking.

There was a reported case of one person who was very healthy till he reached his sixth decade of his life. He was diagnosed as diabetic at the age of 57. As the blood glucose level was not very high he opted not to take medication fearing side effects and he made it a 'ritual' to eat as much raw "karela' as possible, but he died of liver disorder after two years. The reason? When he consumed too much karela without washing and cooking, he also ingested much pesticides which inturn affected his liver and he died of liver disorder.

This might be a case of isolated event, but don't we have to educate poeple how to take raw karela? (any fruit or veg for that matter?)


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