Sanskrit name: Karavella, Karela, Sushavi
Botanical name: Momordica charantia
Habitat: It is native to Asia.
- Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
- Virya (action): Heating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
- Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta
Ayurveda recommends Bitter Gourd as a general health tonic. It helps in maintaining blood sugar level and helps in purifying the blood. It a natural laxative and helps in regulating the bowel movements. It is also possesses antibacterial properties and helps in skin ailments. It also possesses anti inflammatory properties and helps to control the pain in joints. The juice of bitter Gourd helps in treating respiratory tract diseases.
No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.