Momordica Charantia, or bitter melon, is cultivated in Asia, Africa, and South America. Bitter Melon contains soluble pectin, galactouronic acid, glycosides, saponins, sugars, resins, and phenolic constituents. Bitter Melon has been extensively used in Ayruvedic medicine. The fruit is considered a tonic, stomachic, stimulant, emetic, antibilous, and laxative. It is useful for gout, rheumatism, blood purification, and spleen and liver complaints. The fruit, fruit juice, and leaf have also been used for sores, wounds, infections, and fever. Bitter Melon is characterized by an extremely bitter taste.
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