Momordica Charantia or Karela or Bitter gourd is a vegetable herb which has properties of medicinal values and has been used in Ayurveda and other natural ways of treatments as herbal remedy to cure and prevent various disorders and ailments. This herb needs tropical atmosphere to grow and is found in abundance in Asia, Africa, South America and Caribbean. The plant grows up to a height of 4-5 feet and fruit is green in color with white seeds and rough exterior. On maturity this fruit changes its color to orange-yellow and seeds become red. Fruit, seeds, leaves and vine of this plant are used for making remedies and in medicines. Plant chemicals found in Momordica Charantia are alkaloids, peptides and steroidal saponins known as charantin.
Momordica Charantia, also known as bitter melon, has been a common food item since ancient times and people have been aware of its beneficial properties since then. This vegetable is used for treating diabetes, cancer and numerous infections of skin as well as of internal organs. Karela or Bitter Melon is used to improve digestive system and has been used as supportive food item for improving digestion. Its effects on the human body are very soothing and supportive for liver functioning too and it is well known to improve appetite. It has rich anti-oxidant properties which makes it beneficial for people suffering with low energy and curing fatigue. It is very effective in preventing infections by improving immunity system and is also used in various medications for curing wounds and blisters due to skin diseases.
Momordica Charantia is very beneficial for people suffering with diabetes. It has been found very effective in lowering sugar levels and also to reduce the need of insulin to control blood sugar level. This is used as a food item, its juice and powder all have been found very effective in controlling diabetes and is used as natural remedy for this disease.
Karela or Bitter Melon has effective properties to counter and prevent infections and is used as remedy for treating measles, hepatitis and skin infections. It has been used internally and topically for curing skin infections by people of various countries and its paste for helping the body in healing wounds. Momordica Charantia possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is effective through internal and external use, its tea prepared by boiling its leaves works as very effective remedy for calming spasmodic pains.
The unripe fruit of Momordica Charantia is used as nutritional supplement for adults and children both. The unripe fruit has rich contents of vitamin A, C, carbohydrates and iron. Its appetite increasing properties and support to liver makes it an effective nutritional aid for people. Karela or Bitter gourd is an excellent blood purifier and removes impurities and infections from the blood very effectively by simply using it in the diet as food item.
Momordica Charantia also works as potent aphrodisiac, its strength improving, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties improve stamina and strength of males to enhance their lovemaking performance. It improves health and promotes healthy blood flow to enhance physical capacities of males for better love life.
Momordica Charantia is also used in treatments of diseases like piles, blood disorders, respiratory disorders, cholera and to counter ill effects of too much and regular alcohol intake.
Other names of Momordica Charantia: Karela, Bitter Melon, Balsam Pear, Bitter Gourd, Ampalaya, Caraili, Cerasee, Papailla, Balsam Apple, Pare