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Karela ( Bitter Melon ) grows in a tropical areas , including parts of Amazon , Africa , Asia and the Caribbean and is cultivated throughout South America as a food and medicine . The fruit appears as a warty qourd , usually oblong and resembling as a sweet cucumber . In the Amazon the local people and indigenous tribes grow Karela ( Bitter Melon ) in gardens for food and medicine .
In Brazilian herbal medicine Karela
(Bitter Melon) is used for tumours , rheumatism ,
malaria , colic , fevers , worms and as an aphrodisiac
is also employed topically for skin problems , vaginitis
, haemorrhoids , scary
itchy rashes , eczema and leprosy . In Mexico the entire
plant is used for diabetes and dysentery , the root is a
reputed aphrodisiac . In Peruvian history medicine , the
leaf or aerial parts of the plant are used to treat
malaria , and all types of inflammation . In Nicaragua
the leaf commonly used for stomach pain , diabetes ,
fevers , colds , coughs , headaches , skin complaints ,
menstrual disorders , aches and pains , infections and
as an aid in childbirth .
Many in vivo clinical studies have
demonstrated the relatively low toxicity of all parts of
the Karela ( Bitter Melon ) plant when ingested orally .
Karela ( Bitter Melon ) contains an array of novel and
biologically active phytochemicals including triterpenes
, proteins and steroids. In the numerous studies , at
three different groups of constituents found in all
parts of bitter melon clinically demonstrated
hypoglycaemic properties ( blood sugar lowering ) other
actions of potential benefit against diabetes mellitus .
The hypoglycaemic chemicals include a mixture of
steroidal saponins known as charantins , insulin-like peptides and
alkaloids . The hypoglycaemic effect more pronounced in
the fruit of Karela
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