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BITTER MELON
(Momordica charantia)

Bitter Melon grows in tropical areas, where it is used as a food, as well as a medicine for a dazzling array of conditions by people in those regions. Bitter Melon is currently being studied as a valuable support in the treatment of diabetes and psoriasis.

PROPERTIES:
Parts used: fruit


• used to treat numerous infections, malignant disease, leukemia

• may improve blood sugar control in people with adult-onset (Type-2) diabetes. 

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: Pregnant women should avoid Bitter Melon, as it may stimulate uterine contractions.
Anyone with hypoglycemia should not take Bitter Melon, because it may possibly worsen or trigger low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Furthermore, diabetics taking prescription hypoglycemic drugs or insulin should not take Bitter Melon unless under a physician's direction. As a safety measure, Bitter Melon should be avoided altogether by those who have cirrhosis, hepatitis or those with HIV/AIDS who have a history of liver infection. Bitter Melon should be used for four weeks only, and then discontinued for four weeks. 

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.