Bitter gourd health benefits and uses in natural treatment

Bitter gourd health benefits and uses in natural treatment

by Sanjay B


Botanically called Hairy Mordica, Karela or bitter gourd (bitter guard) is very bitter in taste. But it is a rich source of phosphorus, so much so, that one Karela a day takes care of the entire need of phosphorus by our body. It is a blood purifier and activates spleen, liver and highly beneficial in diabetes. It is purgative, appetiser, digestive, anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent and has healing capacity.

It has 92.4% water, 8% minerals, 1.6% proteins, 4.2% fats, 4.2% carbohydrates, 0.03 calcium and 0.07 phosphorus. 100 gms of Karela contain 22mg of iron, 210 (IU) Vitamin A, 24 (IU) Vitamin B and 88 mg Vitamin C.

Karela is useful in curing the following diseases :


Massage the affected portion with juice of Karela and eat Karela vegetable to cure pain in joints.


Juice of Karela (Bitter gourd) 5 to 10 gms taken with or without water 3 times a day for 2-3 months eliminates the sugar problem in body. Alternatively or alongwith this treatment taking 3 to 6 gms. of ground karela (cut into pieces, dried in shade and then ground) and washing down with fresh water is also very useful. Also have Karela vegetable a plenty.


Take ½ tsp Karela (Bitter gourd) juice 2 times a day for about two weeks cures this problem.


One to two teaspoonful fresh Karela juice followed by a glass of water cures the malady. However, stop the treatment when yellowness in the eyes disappears.

Liver trouble (of children)

Giving half tsp of Karela juice (Bitter gourd juice) to a child (3 to 8 yrs.) is a good preventive measure to keep the child free of the liver troubles.


Giving 1 tsp of Karela juice mixed with half teaspoonful of Garlic juice destroys worms and also cures constipation.


Having 1 tsp of Karela juice (Bitter gourd juice) with sugar-2 times a day stops oozing of the blood from anus and heals the wound.


Taking 5 to 10 drops of the homeopathic medicine ‘Memoradica Charantia’ (made from Karela)-4 times a day cures constipation.

Bitter guard as a Blood Purifier

1-2 tsp of Karela juice in the morning taken for a few days purifies blood and it is also a good cure for pimples. Normally Karela is a heat-inducing agent, so it shouldn’t be taken in the excessive quantity. In case one takes a large dose of Karela juice, taking curd or lemon over it sets right the imbalance.

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