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Bitter Apple Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

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General Name
Bitter Apple
English Name
Bitter Apple, Bitter Cucumber
Botanical Name
Citrullus Colocynthis, Colocynthis Citrullus
Hindi Name
Homeopathic Name
Colocynthis   -   Mother Tincture

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Bitter Apple Cures

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Action of Bitter Apple

Nutrients in Bitter Apple

Taste of
Bitter Apple

Acrid, Bitter

Nature of
Bitter Apple


Parts Used

Dried Roots, Fruits

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Bitter Apple

Avoid use during pregnancy.
It may cause Inflammation.
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Bitter Apple is creeper.
It is an annual.
It grows in tropical, subtropical climates.
It grows up to 10 Cm.
Best used for Urinary Tract Infections.

Materia Medica for Bitter Apple

Bitter Apple General

Bitter Apple is commonly known as Desert Gourd. Its fruit is similar in appearance to watermelon. The only difference between the two is the size and the bitter fruit pulp, that is produced by Bitter Apple.
Its whole plant shows medicinal properties.
It curbs many Skin Ailments like Scrap, Warts and Corns. Its pulp is applied on the Skin to treat Boils, Pimples and Acne. It also treats Skin Infections like Abscesses, Psoriasis and Wounds.
Its plant extract is a good herbal cure for Cancer. It is best for curing Breast Cancer.
Bitter Apple is a natural Blood Purifier. It is used to treat Leukaemia.
It is a good herbal remedy for Rheumatic Pain and Arthritis.
It is a helpful herb for Liver Disorders like Jaundice.
Bitter apple plant extract is helpful for treatment of Diabetes.
It kills Intestinal worms and is used for treatment of Colitis.
It exhibits strong Laxative properties. It combats the problem of Constipation.
It is advantageous for women. It treats Menstruation Disorders like Menopause, Difficult Menses, Leucorrhea, Scanty Menses, Amenorrhea ,etc.
It is an Antidote to Scorpion Bite and Snake Bite.

Caution : Consult a Doctor before consuming it.

Keywords : Skin Ailments, Cancer, Leukemia, Rheumatism, Diabetes, Intestinal Disorders, Menopause, Reptile Bites.
Single Herb

Bitter Apple for Boils

Take out the pulp of the fruit. Apply it on the boils twice a day.

Bitter Apple ( Indrayan ) for Acne

The roots of Bitter Apple ( Indrayan ) is beneficial to treat Acne and it also prevents inflammation associated with Acne.
Take the roots of Bitter Apple. Grind them with water. Apply on the affected area. Wash with normal water after drying up.
OR : Extract the juice of fresh Bitter Apple ( Indrayan ) root. Apply it over the affected area. Let it dry and wash with normal water.

Bitter Apple for Stomach Diseases

Take the Dried roots. Powder them. Have a pinch with luke warm water early in the morning.
Or grind the roots with water. Make paste. Apply over the abdomen.
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Herbal Treatment For Constipation 4

Grind Carom, Asafoetida, Cardamom, and Cubeb seperately. Extract one cup Bitter Apple juice. Take 1/4 teaspoon powder of each herb. Mix all in juice. Add rocksalt according to your taste. Drink half in the morning and half at night for 7 days.
Caution : Excess may cause Vomiting and Nausea.

Herbal Treatment For Piles 1

Take equal quantity of Bitter Apple root and Long Pepper. Grind them together. Make small pills. Dry under the sun. Have a pill with a glass of luke warm water every morning for 7 days.

Herbal Treatment For Rheumatism 1

Take equal quantity of Bitter Apple root and Long Pepper. Grind them together. Make small pills. Dry under the sun. Have a pill with a glass of luke warm water every morning for 7 days.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 18

Prepare a fine powder of the following herbs in the same quantity and store them in a vessel:
Black Cumin
Acacia Speciosa seeds ( Lebbek Tree )
Bitter Apple
Acacia Senegal
Fill full size capsules and take four capsules a day. This is highly beneficial and trial prescription for Diabetes.
Queries on Bitter Apple
31 Jul 2015
i like herbs and their treatmants.
11 Jan 2017
where can I get this bitter fruit colocyn in India
04 Aug 2015
really this herb is most effective for all above mention.
21 Aug 2015
Herbal medicine is the best every one should use I like and I use The ayurvedic medicine
02 Oct 2015
Bitter apple is very useful in diabetes.
09 Jul 2016
How do you take it. Do you swollen the black seeds whole or do you powder the seeds.
Butterfly ( Haryana )
27 Feb 2016
does consumption of bitter apple cause pimples on face and body?
07 Mar 2016
Dear Butterfly
Bitter Leaf is quite an effective Herb to cure pimples and acne. Pimples on the body and face might be a side effect due to wrong dosage or amounts of Bitter leaf used or an adverse effect of the interaction with some other drug. So you must be cautious.
Imran ( Los angeles California )
25 Mar 2016
I'm in usa los angeles where i can buy this bitter apple fruits. Or how do i get it

I heard bitter apples in 2 diffrent color green color and yellow color but I'm looking for yellow color fresh one but I couldn't find it in here.

In usa they use bitter Apple spray for dog bites are dog chew. There os any other name of this fruits so i can easily find. Or can you guys deliver. Please advice when ever is possible for you thank you
Imran Haider
12 Sep 2016
Assalam Alaikum. I am your co name and presently living in KSA. Eid Mubarik bro. In desert here it is available everywhere specially in north of Saudi Arab.
29 Sep 2016
It is found easily in Pakistan... But how can I deliver u??? It has tremendous benefits...
Fatima ( Pakistan )
02 Aug 2016
Can bitter apple be combined in powder form with cinnamon for effectiveness in weight loss?
Roomi Gulati
24 Aug 2016
Cinnamon helps to burn the excess fat collected in the body, as well as prevents its further accumulation.
Bitter apple is very hot in nature and may even induce abortion.
No doubts it is a good herb for weight loss. However, the best thing to do is --
Take 30 gm of Horse Gram. Soak it overnight in about three to four glasses of water. Next morning, boil it for 10 minutes. Once the color is brown, strain the solution and drink it. add rock salt and pepper to it. Have this drink in the morning on an empty stomach. Eating 250 gm of Papaya daily for dinner will also help to reduce weight. Avocado is another useful fruit to reduce weight and tummy fat. It has soluble fibres and oleic acid which help you to feel full. This makes it a highly effective hunger squasher. It is known to reduce bad cholesterol and thus reduces the risk of a Heart Disorder.
Hina Fatima
29 Sep 2016
Bitter apple juice or pulp can be combined with ajwain nd let it be drird... Then use it a table spoon every morning with empty stomach... It must show the result within few days for weight loss...
Anil ( India )
24 Nov 2016
How to make powder of fruit with skin or only pulp is to be used of bitter apple. also what to do with seeds in the pulp.
05 Jan 2017
The seeds are useful for hair growth,baldness and blackening grey hair when used in hair oil
Manish Soni ( India )
04 Jan 2017
If any one requires bitter cucumber
Please contact..
Umm zainah ( Chennai )
04 Jan 2017
Hello sir , I have made hair oil for too much hair fall using and blending black seed oil,almond,castor oil,mustard oil,olive oil and herbs like ginger,curry leaves, rose petals, aloevera,neem leaves, now can I add indrayan seeds to this n cook it and use ? As I Ha ve problem of premature grey hair too and also sinus. Will it be effective without any side effects? Pls reply.it will be very kind of u. Thank u.
19 Jan 2017
Umm Zainah Please mention the exact amount of each herb you have used to prepare the oil.
Mohammedrafiq ( Karnataka )
11 Jan 2017
where can I get bitter fruit colocyn
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