Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon, Momordica charantia, is an annual climbing vine growing to 6ft with deeply lobed leaves, yellow flowers and orange-yellow fruit. Native to southern Asia, Bitter Melon is also found in Africa and tropical areas throughout the world used for food and medicine.
Also known as Cerasee, Bitter Melon has been traditionally used in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to treat the symptoms of diabetes, colds/flu, parasites/worms, digestive and skin disorders. Current research on the unripe fruit has shown useful in treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Herpes/HIV and Diabetes.
Bitter Melon extracts can be 2-3 times more effective than the popular drug Acyclovir (Zoviax) in treating herpes viruses. CFS has been connected to herpes infections and may be useful in treating this disorder as well.
For diabetes treatment, Bitter Melon improves the bodies ability to balance blood sugar levels and glucose tolerance. It works by lowering blood sugar levels and stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin. Although is works great for those with type 2 diabetes (adult onset), bitter melon should be avoided by those with with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Bitter Melon is available in extracts, tea, juice, or whole fruit form. It should be taken for 4 weeks, then discontinued for 4 weeks. Pregnant women and those with serious liver conditions should avoid this herb. Consult with your medical practitioner or experienced professional herbalist if you are on any medications before taking this herb.
If you are interested in an Herbal Consultation, please contact us at Ubi’s or contact Kerri Bailey, Certified Herbalist, at 253.332.2158 or email to set up an appointment.
The following article is for educational purposes and not intended for diagnosis.  Always consult your health practitioner when needed.