With bitter gourd-the benefits are many namely::
1. Does not cross-react- Bittermelon unlike other medicines, does not cross react with any type of insulin being taken by the patient. Hence no chances of cross reaction with any other regular hypoglycemic drugs or medicine.
2. Blood Sugar Lowering Effect - Essentially, the polypeptide-p acts on the pancreas, rejuvenates it and activates the dead insulin producing beta cells present in the islets in pancreas. It also increases the healthy regeneration of beta cells in the pancreas hence increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. As a result of this, many people can reduce their insulin doses to a bare minimum after using Bitter gourd or Bittermelon. Bittermelon is certainly not a Sulphonylurea drug. Bittermelon is an all- natural diet supplement or health food.
3. Acts as a Preventive - Finally, a safe diet supplement which actually is a boon for non-diabetics suspecting that they might get their blood sugar out of control. Everyone fears being termed a "diabetic" and it’s difficult to live on with this killer disease. Diabotica containing Bittermelon is a preventive supplement which when taken 1 tablet a day will keep a check on your blood sugar levels and prevent you from getting hyperglycemic.
4. Since Diabetes is hereditary- Bittermelon is being adopted by many parents(both diabetic and non-diabetic) to give it to their children. Yes! Bittermelon is safe for children to use since it's an all natural supplement.
5. Reduces cholesterol and Triglycerides- Bittermelon can keep your HDL and LDL levels in control as well as stabilize your Triglyceride levels in addition to being anti-diabetic. So people who tend to become hypertensive and with high blood pressure and cholesterol problems, Our formula Diabotica containing Bettermelon, Fenugreek, Gymnema, Chromium and Magnesium will serve as all-in-one solution.
6. It is important to take care of diabetic Neuropathy- Nerve damage cause by Diabetes can lead to numbness and pain in hands, feet and legs. It can also cause indigestion, excessive sweating, constipation, bladder infections, dizziness and even depression.
7. It regulates complex metabolism- Bittermelon regulates the complex metabolism associated with diabetes and hence relieves the symptoms of diabetic Neuropathy. Same can be said for Diabetic Retinopathy which affects the eyes. Inflammation in Joints is also eliminated.
8. Greater Healing Power and Strong Immune System -Diabetics are prone to weak healing from wound and diseases because of a degraded immune system. Bittermelon strengthens the immune system, flushes out the toxins in the body and is diuretic. It increases the body`s ability to purify and cleanse impurities hence leading to a more robust immune system. It also improves the kidney functions because as the glucose levels improve the strains on the kidney decreases.
9. No Side Effects Observed - The conventional Sulphonylurea drugs can cause serious side-effects often causing a decreased amount of insulin production by putting too great a strain on the insulin producing beta cells. Bittermelon has no such side effects as it is derived from natural substance. Only Diabotica has one active ingredient, Bittermelon which is actually termed a vegetable in South East Asian countries and is consumed in large quantities every day especially in Southern part of India. So unless you are allergic to Bittermelon (Bittermelon or Karela),is completely safe to use without any ill effects attached to it.
10.Improves Insulin Receptors - Insulin becomes ineffective when insulin receptors in muscle cells are scarce or when they do not function properly. This is called a down-regulated insulin receptor. Due to down-regulated insulin receptors, the glucose remains in the blood and the blood glucose level rises. This is called insulin resistance. The body resists insulin; therefore, glucose is not being properly utilized. Bittermelon, helps diabetics in treating insulin resistance.
11. A very peculiar quality of Karela is that, it suppresses kapha and pitta but due to ushna virya potency it also doesn’t let vata to increase.
12. Widely used herb in treating diabetes mellitus as it has an action similar to insulin thus helping in glucose metabolism. Stimulates pancreas to work and secrete all the secretions properly.
13. Helps in stimulating liver for proper secretions of bile juices.
14. It helps in easier digestion of food as it promotes secretion of digestive enzymes.
15. Helps in good assimilation of food.
16. Work as an appetizer.
17. Very useful in constipated stools and disease like hemorrhoids, fissures and fistulas.
18. Help in destroying worms present in our gastro intestinal tract therefore works as deworming agent.
19. Its property fades away the toxin named ama formed in the body due to non-recommended lifestyle and bad eating habits.
20. It is a very good blood purifier as it contains tikta and katu rasa therefore helps in purifying blood and helps us from infection from microorganism and toxins that are created by their presence.
21. Due to its actions it is very commonly used in skin diseases, specifically it finds it application in acne and black spots on face.
22. It works as an anti-inflammatory agent thus helping in subduing any kind of edema present on body.
23. Good results have been seen in patients suffering from chronic cough as it has expectorant properties and helps in releasing the sputum accumulated in respiratory tract and lungs. Asthmatic patients are believed to have a very good relief if it is regularly taken.
24. Useful in pyrexia of unknown origin. 25.A highly recommended herb in patients suffering from obesity and metabolism related disorders.
26. Works as a female tonic thereby helpful in menstrual disorders and female genital tract related problems.
27. It also helps in secretion of milk during lactation phase after pregnancy.
28. Due to anti bacterial properties its external application is very effective in healing wounds an injuries.
29. It is supposed to stop excess blood flow from the wounded area.
30. It is very helpful in external application on any kind of skin disease due to its anti microbial action.
31. It’s highly used in applying on external pile mass with pain relieving and swelling decreasing properties.
32. Recent laboratory finding shows that it has the property to improve immunological state in HIV infected patients. Bitter gourd protein (MRK29) was isolated from Momordica charantia ripe fruit and seed. This protein has Immunomodulatory effects on immune cells and hence can suppress HIV symptoms.
Therapeutic uses in Ayurveda