10 DOH-Approved Herbal Medicine

Ampalaya (Momordica charantia)


It is also called “bitter melon” or “bitter gourd” in English. It is a popular remedy to diabetes in the Philippines. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development confirms the capacity of ampalaya to reduce blood glucose levels. This plant has numerous phytochemicals that imitate the qualities of sulfonylurea drugs. It also contains compounds similar to insulin. Eating this vegetable frequently or drinking raw juice of this vegetable is said to lessen sugar levels.

The Philippine Department of Health has endorsed Ampalaya Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia) as an alternative herbal medicine for liver problems. Research proves that ampalaya increase the production of beta cells by the pancreas, thereby improving our body’s ability to produce insulin and insulin receptors. Ampalaya is also a rich source of vitamin B, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and beta carotene. Other ailments it can cure include HIV, coughs, skin diseases, sterility in women, parasiticide, antipyretic, and as purgative.

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