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Momordica charantia Linn
  • Family : Cucurbitaceae
  • English : Bittergourd
  • Hindi : Karela
  • Gujarati : Karela
  • Sanskrit : Karavellam

  • Part used : Fruit

Botanical Description: A monoecious much brnached climbing annual with angled and grroved stems and hairy young parts, tendrils simple, slender and elongate; leaves elongate, simple, orbicular, cordate and deeply divided into 5-7 lobes; flowers unisexual, yellow on 5-10cm long peduncles; fruits 5-15cm long, 3 valved capsules, penduluous, fusiform, ribbed and beaked bearing numerous triangular tubercles, seeds many or few with shining sculptured surface. Flowering and fruiting major part of the year.

It is cultivated throughout India.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Katu, Tikta
  • Guna : Laghu
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Bhedi, Dipana, Hrdya, Kaphahara, Vatahara, Raktadosahara.

Modern Pharmacological Action:  The ripe fruit of bitter melon has been shown to exhibit some remarkable anticancer effects, especially leukemia. It purifies the blood. There is absolutely no evidence that it can treat cancer. Bitter Melon and Bitter Melon Extracts inhibit cancer and tumor. In addition to these properties, leaf extracts of bitter melon have clinically demonstrated broad spectrum antimicrobial activity. Bitter melon (and several of its isolated phytochemicals) also has been documented with in vitro antiviral activity against numerous viruses including Epstein-Barr, herpes, and HIV viruses. M. charantia has shown good larvicidal activity, was effective in the treatment of Ascaridia galli and wound healing activity.

Our Products containing this ingredient
Karela Fruit Extract

  • Glucova Active Tablet
  • Karela Capsule