Bitter gourd or Bitter melon also known as Karela has multiple health benefits and uses. It is recommended in PCOS, female infertility and Diabetes. It helps in weight loss
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Bitter gourd or or Bitter melon or Karela in ayurveda
This fruit belongs to Cucurbitaceae family and its plant has a botanical name Momordica Charantia. This plant is a climber bares oblong shaped fruits. These fruits are very bitter to taste. Recipes of this vegetable is liked by everyone in India (except kids). This is recommended by ayurveda vaidyas for treatment of skin diaseses like acne, pimple, psoriasis etc. This also helps to detoxify rakta dhatu or blood.
Bitter gourd is known as Karela in hindi and is a very popular vegetable of Indian house hold. This vegetable is known by various names in regional languages of India.
It is ‘Kakarakaya‘ in Telugu, ‘Pavakkai‘ in Tamil, ‘Pavakka‘ in Malayalam, ‘Hagalkai‘ in Kannada, ‘Karela‘ in Gujarati, ‘Karle‘ in Marathi, and ‘Korola‘ in Bengali. Texts of Ayurveda refer this vegetable as Karavellaka.
Bitter gourd – Chemical constituents:
Karela contains 5-hydroxytryptamine, charantin, diosgenin, lanosterol and betasitosterol. Its bitter principles are cucurbitacin glycosides. The fruits and seeds contain polypeptide insulin called as p- insulin, alpha and beta glycoproteins. Especially seed contains hypoglycemic constituent vicine.
Ayurvedic Properties of Bitter gourd / melon or Karela
Texts of Ayurveda describe properties of this fruit as follows.
It is very bitter (tikta rasa) to taste and has katu rasa (pungent taste) . It retains pungent taste even after digestion. This vegetable is light to digest (laghu). On consumption of this vegetable the moistness of tissues get absorbed and leave them dry (rooksha) . Hence drinking good amount of water is very essential when you consume this vegetable. It has hot potency (ushna Veerya) and increase appetite. Leaf and fruit are used for medicinal purpose.
Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Bitter Gourd or Karela
Bitter gourd is used as remedy for various health conditions. Ancient texts of Ayurveda explain it as follows.
Leaves of Bitter melon
It can be used as Pathya (can be consumed along with other foods)
It increases pitta (Pittala)
Its juice can be used for intestinal worms and infected wounds (Krumihara) .
Karela Fruit –
Ayurveda acharyas recommend this fruit to improves digestion (Deepana) and relieve constipation (bedhana). strength
Bhedana – causes mild laxative effect
Avrushya – Un-aphrodisiac
Effect on digestive system
This fruit enhances secretion of digestive juices and sets right digestion. It improves appetite and removes intestinal parasites.
Effect on skin diseases
Effect on body fat and weight loss
Karela acts as a drying agent. It dries up fat tissues and boosts fat metabolism. This vegetable and its plant parts suppress appetite. With these two qualities it acts as an excellent weight loss herb and ayurveda acharyas recommend this in obesity. (Check Ayurvedic Weight Loss Remedy)
Effect on blood Sugar level in Diabetes
Effect on Male Sexual Health
Bitter melon controls two major conditions which cause erectile dysfunction in men. It improves diabetes and helps in weight loss. Hence it is very useful in conditions like erectile dysfunction in diabetes and erectile dysfunction due to obesity.
Effect on Female infertility and PCOS / PCOD
Texts of Ayurveda recommend this fruit to regularise menstrual cycle and also purify breast milk. Bitter melon helps in pcod or pcos by improving insulin sensitivity of cells. It also aids in weight loss and improves female fertility. Hence this fruit is used as main ingredient in PCORID Capsules an ayurvedic treatment for PCOD or PCOS. PCORID capsules when taken along with UTONORM capsules helps to get rid off PCOD and improves female fertility.Click Here For Ayurvedic Treatment Kit for PCOS
How to consume bitter melon?
Make thin slices of Karela (remove seeds) and blend in mixer to extract its juice. Diabetics can consume 10 – 30 ml per day. Even you can consume boiled bitter melon.
Dosage of bitter melon
– Fresh juice 10-20 ml. per day
But consult a qualified ayurvedic physician before trying any ayurvedic home remedy.
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