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What are the Benefits of Bitter Gourd (Karela)

Characteristics

How it looks - It is a branching climber with angled stems, beaked and ribbed fruits and shining even seeds.

What we use - Whole plant

What it does -

  • Roots - Astringent

  • Leaves - Anthelmintic, emetic and purgative

  • Fruits - Purgative, antidiabetic, enunenagogue, anti-inflammatory

Herbal Medicines Cure of Common Disorders

  • In gout - The oil prepared from the decoction of the leaves of bittergourd makes a soothing topical application in gout.

  • In cholera - Drink the juice of bitter gourd with some sesame oil twice a day to arrest the vomiting and diarrhoea associated with cholera.

  • In worm infestations - Paste the leaves of bittergourd, roll them into balls and consume 1-2 balls for a good deworming.

  • In burning sensation of hands and feet - The juice of bittergourd leaves should be applied topically to alleivate the burning sensation

  • In delayed periods - Taking a decoction of the roots of bitter gourd at least twice a day usually makes the period commence.

As a diet -

  • In fevers and swellings - The entire plant may be used in various preparations like curry, soup, or vegetable, to reduce swelling and bring dmvn temperature.

  • In measles - The juice of the leaves of bitter gourd with turmeric serves as a cleansing drink during an attack of measles.

  • In diabetes - Probably the most celebrated use of the bittergourd in diseases is in checking blood sugar levels in diabetes. A glass of the juice or decoction of the leaves every morning on empty stomach along with a balanced diet is effective in keeping diabetes under control.

   

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