Botanical name: Momordica charantia. Common names of a few varieties: Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon, Chin-li-chih, Melao de Sao Caetano (Brazil), African cucumber, Karrai-lee tea, Assorsie.
I purchased a packet of the herb from the company Forbes Superior Quality Brand Inc. of “Soracee” on Flatbush avenue. It contained 100% natural dried leaves and stems.
Here are some health benefits as listed on the herb packet:
Several other principles have been isolated from the plant, including a blood-sugar lowering fraction, an anti-tumor and an anti-fertility fraction. The plant could be of benefit in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It has numerous reported benefits for boils, bums, skin eruptions, itching skin, piles, psoriasis, sores, as an appetite stimulant, a treatment for gastrointestinal infection, would healing. In Africa, the plant is recommended for wounds cuts, is used by pounding the fruit and the oily pulp. The leaf decoction is used by the Cuna for measles. It has astringent properties. Recently, it has also been used in the treatment of certain types of cancer and viral infections.