Ampalaya is a remarkable health food.As the English name suggests (bitter melon), the melon has a bitter taste due to the presence of momordicin. Ampalaya is a vegetable grown throughout the Philippines. It is mostly cultivated, although wild forms can be found.

As the acrimonious fruit is renowned for its many healthful attributes. For coughing, fever, worms, diarrhea, diabetes, drink a spoonful every day of grounded and juiced ampalaya leaves. For new health conditions, the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally. For wounds, burns and new rind diseases, you may use the fruit's warmed leaves to the stricken region. Taking juice made from acrimonious gourd too helps in the handling of impairment, which is mainly caused by unsound eating habits and regular dietary practices.

Taking juice made from bitter gourd also helps in the treatment of constipation, which is mainly caused by unhealthy eating habits and daily dietary practices. This fruit not only is good at relieving an indigestive condition, but also aids in treating constipation, by improving the movement of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as improving absorption in the intestines.

Healers and caregivers in Asia have long been aware of the Ampalaya's health benefits. In the Philippines, herbalists and the traditional healers called herbolarios have long used the Ampalaya as a natural remedy for any number of ailments most particularly for diabetics to help reinforce their diets.

Other herbal medicinal plants on the list include lagundi (for fever, asthma, headache, toothache, cough and as wound wash and aromatic bath), sambong (for gaseous distention, fever, headache, abscess and as diuretic and aromatic bath), akapulco (as wound wash and for itch), yerba buena (for cough, toothache, headache, dizziness, fainting, hysteria, gaseous distention, arthritis and as mouthwash).

Rich in potassium, iron and beta-carotene and other nutrients, Ampalaya can be found in many Asian vegetable dishes. But aside from its role as a healthy food, the herb is especially valued by diabetics for its known anti-diabetes properties. The traditional remedy is made by pounding the raw fruits into a bitter liquid, or by boiling the leaves and fruits for a few minutes, the resulting water then drank as a herbal tea.

Bitter melon brings down triglyceride and cholesterol more so with the tomatoes where it has loads of health benefits. Tomatoes help cases of gout, rheumatism, tuberculosis, high blood pressure, prostate problem and sinus trouble. It has been indicated for cases of congestion of the liver as well as for dissolving gallstone. The nicotinic acid of tomatoes helps reduce cholesterol in the blood, while the vitamin K in tomatoes helps to prevent hemorrhage.

Ampalaya is noted to be an effective component in herbal medicine, and the fruit is known to help treat, or alleviate the symptoms of rheumatism and gout and ailments of the spleen and liver. It also is effective in helping lower the body's blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Below are among many of the beneficial aspects of using bitter gourd:

- Helps to disinfect and heal cuts, wounds & burns
- Is useful as a cough & fever remedy
- Used in the treatment of intestinal worms and diarrhea

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