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

General Name
Bitter Apple
Glycemic Index / Load
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

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Nutrients in Bitter Apple

Taste of
Bitter Apple

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.

Common Names

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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.
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31 Jul 2015
i like herbs and their treatmants.
11 Jan 2017
where can I get this bitter fruit colocyn in India
11 Jun 2020
Mere paas h Chahiye kya
15 Oct 2017
this is nirmally find hindi north india,
03 Nov 2017
North india .... Normally in Rajasthan
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...
26 Nov 2017
aoa.hina i am getting ut in dry form here in pakistan,.. how cn i get it in fruit form having juice in it?
Satyajit behera
01 Aug 2017
i ca supply you satyajit
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...
07 Mar 2017
A tbsp is too much.it can be done with fennel seeds ,soaking in its juice, then dried and powdered and taken a pinch of it,not more than this or else it will induce loose motions (it will be too bitter) ,within 15 days weight-loss and belly fat may reduce in sha Allah.
25 Apr 2017
What if I mix fennel seeds with dry bitter apple powder and take that for weightloss, will it still work??
Dr akbar
31 Dec 2020
i am bulky at abdomin belly how i can use bitter apple in powder form
08 May 2017
Did u try this i am just start from yesterday for weight loss.can u plz recomend me exact quantity of this as iam afraid using this.
03 Sep 2020
Can we use bitter apple powder with funnel seeds as well
24 Oct 2017
Aslamu alikm... Plz tell its dangroues for kidneys????
08 Mar 2017
yes it's very helpful in 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
Hina Noreen
15 Oct 2020
do you know the recipe how we can make herbal shampoo with citrulus,s seed?...kindly reply me as soon as possible
Manish Soni ( India )
04 Jan 2017
If any one requires bitter cucumber
Please contact..
05 Jul 2019
Would you be able to send via mail...
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.
Umm zainah
02 Feb 2017
just used all the herbs a bunch then all the oils apprx 100 gms except almond oil-50 gms and mustard oil 250 gms. consulted a herbalist sister and asked about this and she said in sha Allah it will be amazing oil, i will be adding lavender oil- few drops and hardh too in sha Allah. u can try it too.
Mohammedrafiq ( Karnataka )
11 Jan 2017
where can I get bitter fruit colocyn
Ahmad mujahid
26 Jan 2017
It is naturally grown after rain in sandy areas or at bank of river,in city it will be available at pansar stores or herbs stores
05 Apr 2018
Aryuvedic stores local name ... Hanzal ka Phal.
Mohammad ahmad mujahid ( Pakistan )
26 Jan 2017
Is this harmful for kidney patient,as bitter gourd is harmful for kidneys patients?
Latika Kakkar
01 Feb 2017
The excessive usage of any remedy is harmful to the body. So, the consumption should always be in the limit, as per the prescription. Excess of everything is bad.
Sara jabeen ( Uk )
06 Feb 2017

I got eczema I'm eyelids and forehead and also I have acne issue kindly please tell me how I can cure this I am very worried
05 Apr 2018
Hi Take one muli Radish slice it and soak it into
Lemon juice for over night in cool dark place eat in morning 1hr before Breakfast for 7 days InshaAllah all kidney issues will gone.
07 Mar 2017
The herbpathy team is doing a wonderful job, thanks...
I had urticaria before 10 days and it is third time in some 10 yrs ,now almost cleared but I found out that it's because of excessive bile as I had acidity and indigestion from few yrs , I guess I may have weakness of liver .also I want to purify my blood.I already took castor oil detox. Can I have this in a powder form , a pinch every morning as an All in one remedy for my overweight,belly fat ,blood purifier,ladies cycle problem ,bilious,indigestion and liver problem? It seems this will be effective for me. Waiting eagerly for the reply.thanks in advance.
08 Mar 2017
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11 Sep 2017
Exactly this I wanted to ask .. How to use it ?
Tyson Doughty ( Louisana )
08 Mar 2017
Where can I get this fruit?
Aki ( Bolton )
11 Mar 2017
Will it help to reduce weight because i m really worried about my weight and i just want to lose it at any cost. I have started to go gym and i have changed my diet too but ....... so if i have bitter apple powder will it help me
Rudresh Bhanj
16 Mar 2017
It is a good thing that you go to the gym regularly. To reduce weight you can drink Bitter Leaf juice every day for 15 days.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar, one tablespoon added to a glass of water for 2 months. Make sure the water is hot. Drink Horse gram soup daily for a month.
Avoid sweet, and oily food.
Do not take anything that has Aspartame in it. You may also drink Decoction of Fennel twice in a day.
18 Mar 2017
Thanx rudresh I will follow the advise u have given me. Because i know how essential it is to be healthy so thank u
Neeru ( India )
15 Apr 2017
How can i reduce my pregnancy weight with bitter apple as i had c section in nov2016 and still breast feeding baby.
Kunika Garg ( India )
20 Apr 2017
Neeru, Since you are a nursing mother, i will not suggest that you take any herbal decoction for eight loss, as, it may be harsh and might not be safe for the baby. You may drink a cup of Green tea daily. Also, do regular exercise, this is the safest option right now. And, regular exercise really helps a lot.
Musksan ( Maharastra )
05 May 2017
Where to buy ds fruit ..I stay in Thane w Maharashtra
05 Apr 2018
Bansel store or Aryuvedic store ...
local name (Hanzal ka phal) it wii be dry.
12 May 2017
where can I buy bitter apple powder in Canada (British Columbia)?
19 Jan 2018
U can buy it in Fruiticana groccery store ..
12 May 2017
Will bitter apple powder help with hypothyroidism, cholesterol and weight loss? And how should it be taken? Thank you for advice.
Manas Moudgil ( India )
22 May 2017
For High Cholesterol, take Spirulina capsules, one daily for a month. Also, include Garlic, Grapes, Broccoli in your daily diet, these will also help to lower the Cholesterol.
Dora ( CA )
22 May 2017
Yes, Bitter apple can help in weight loss. take a teaspoon of Dried Bitter Apple powder with a glass of warm water, for 10 days. If you think it suits you, then take for another 20 days. Another very effective way to reduce weight is--
To have Drumstick soup every day for a month. 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. These were the methods to reduce weight.
05 Jun 2017
Hi can we use this for dry damaged and for long hair
And Can we used this in Pregnancy
28 Jun 2017
Dear SSS
For dry and damaged hair you can try the better formulas.
Apply Coconut and Castor oil in equal amount. Leave it overnight and wash it next morning.
Take 50 ml of Coconut oil. Add some fresh Curry leaves in it. Heat the oil on low flames until the leaves turn black. Store that in a bottle and apply that oil on regular basis.
Also have some Indian Gooseberry juice every morning.
Follow this Regimen for 2 months and see the results.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
01 Jul 2017
Hi curry leaves r not available in our city so
Satyajit ( India )
01 Aug 2017
How I can use citrullus colocynthis for weight loss.
Please suggest.
17 Jan 2018
This herb is used to treat urinary tract infections. For weight loss one needs to eat a healthy diet, go for exercise daily, Avoid carbonated drinks, oily foods, and all purpose flour.
Have a cup of green tea daily.
Have a bowl of salads.
Increase protein and decrease carbohydrates in your diet.
Drink plenty of water to detoxify your body
Kishwar Tauseef ( Pakistan )
13 Sep 2017
Can I use the seeds for fatty liver ?? I take pich of seeds with luke warm milk; in morning and at night ..
Sonam Vasaya ( United States )
18 Sep 2017
Where i cn get the bitter apple powder
Tejinder Walia
05 Oct 2017
i can send it to you, in the form of Pickle
Sweetie ( USA )
20 Sep 2017
Where I bays Apple bitter in America
Vijendra Verma ( India )
26 Oct 2017
Can it is use in daibties. And if we can use the how much quantity we should use. And how to make mixture. And can we take it without doctor prescription.
05 Apr 2018
Take 2 gram powder in empty capsule every morning with water 1hr before meal. You can take without capsule aswell but the taste is bitter
Of medicine.
31 Oct 2017
What is the sugar reading? Are you taking any allopathic remedy for Diabetes.
Kambiz ( Iran )
28 Oct 2017
Dear sir
i will be glad to know how long would be the treatment duration.
thank and best regards
kambiz saliani
31 Oct 2017
You need to write about your problem first..
Sami ( India )
05 Apr 2018
This herb Bitter Apple hanzal fruit is great medicine to cure Diabetes but my question is this fruit belong to citrus family will it decreases my men health (sperm count)...???
Honey ( India )
15 Apr 2018
Hi....Is small and green bitter Apple is poisonous? Please reply it's urgent.thank you.
Ravinder Singh ( India Haryana )
05 May 2018
I am 89 years old
mere ko kabaj ki bahot problem hai, puri tarah se pet saaf nahi ho pata
bahot davai bhi li hai or lay raha hu
lekin preshani rahti hai
Nisha ( India )
29 Sep 2018
is it helpful for hair growth?
Danish ( Pakistan )
11 Jun 2020
I have recently bought a weightloss supplement named right detox which contains citrullus colocynthis or bitter apple in quantity of 150mg per serving. Can anyone guide me that is this amount is completely safe for daily use? I have read that on internet that it has some serious side effects like kidney and liver damage, urine problem and even higher dose can cause death.
So i will be highly thankful if somebody properly guide me about this. Is 150mg serving daily safe? Or i shouldn't use it at all?
Fatima ( Australia )
18 Aug 2020
Is it effective for prediabetic people?
20 Aug 2020
Dear Fatima, PreDiabetic conditions can be resolved even by taking dietary precautions. Try Bitter Melon juice, Indian Blueberry Vinegar. Cut yourself on White Sugar.
Bitter Apple is good for Diabetic people, you can use them as well. Anything you use, be specific, and keep a note. Do not take excess, or make your Sugar levels drop below normal.
Hina Noreen ( Pakistan )
15 Oct 2020
Hello! i want to know the recipe of herbal soap and shampoo using citrulus colocynthesis.?
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