Herbal Medicine (Ampalaya)

Ampalaya (Mamordica Charantia)
  • Known as “bitter gourd” or “bitter melon” in English, it most known as a treatment of diabetes (diabetes mellitus), for the non-insulin dependent patients.
Parts utilized:
  • leaves
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Gather and wash young leaves very well. Chop. Boil 6 tablespoons in two glassfuls of water for 15 minutes under low fire. Do not cover pot. Cool and strain. Take one third cup 3 times a day after meals. Remember that young leaves may be blanched/ steamed and eaten ½ glassful 2 times a day.


Sources: Cuevas, Francis Public Health Nursing in the Philippines. 10th Edition 2007