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

General Name
Bitter Gourd
Glycemic Index / Load
Bitter Gourd
Botanical Name
Momordica Charantia, Curcubitaceae Family
Hindi Name
Karela, Kareli
Chinese Name
Ku Gua, Liang Gua
Homeopathic Name
Momordica Charantia   -   Mother Tincture

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Taste of
Bitter Melon

Nature of
Bitter Melon


Parts Used

Whole Plant, Fresh Fruit, Leaves

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

Do not use it continuously for more then 4 weeks.
The massive dosages of Bitter gourd for long periods may cause Low Libido and decreases the production of semen.
Excess intake may cause Gastrointestinal Disorders.
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Bitter Gourd is a climber.
It is perennial.
It grows in tropical and subtropical climates.
It grows up to 5 M.
Best used for Diabetes.
Recommended Dosage : 50-100 ml Juice.

Bitter Groud Seeds : Mu Bei Zi.
Meridians ( Organs ) Associated : Kidneys, Pancreas and Spleen.


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Bitter Gourd General

Bitter Gourd is advantageous in alleviating conditions like Dry Scalp, Hair Loss, Dandruff, Lice, Split Ends and Pimples on the Scalp.
It counters Fever. Its juice is helpful in overcoming Hangover and providing Energy.
It is beneficial in curing Eye infections and enhancing Vision. It prevents occurrence of Cataract.
Bitter Gourd juice helps in combating Earache.
It purifies blood thus, prevents Blood poisoning. It eliminates toxins and refines Blood Circulation. It promotes speedy Clotting of Blood.
It is useful in treating Respiratory ailments like Asthma, Wheezing, Bronchitis, Chills, Pharyngitis.
Bitter Gourd is a good herbal remedy for regulating Diabetes as it decreases Blood Sugar Level.
It balances High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol.
It is favourable in increasing Metabolism thus, promotes Weight Loss.
It boosts Stamina and suppresses Fatigue.
It is effective in arresting growth and proliferation of Cancer Cells.
It is a valuable treatment for Stomach disorders. It promotes Digestion and ceases Stomach ache and Dyspepsia. It counters Worm infestation and prevents recurrence.
Bitter Gourd is a good herbal remedy which keeps away Liver disorders like Jaundice. It protects Liver from adverse effects of Alcohol consumption and keeps it healthy.
It alleviates Skin troubles like Psoriasis, Abscesses, Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, Ulcers, Wounds, Burns, Wrinkles. It nourishes the Skin and makes you look beautiful.
It treats HIV AIDS.
It removes Kidney Stones.
It curbs Allergies like Flu and makes body's Immune System strong.
It cures Malaria and Viral Infections namely, Chickenpox, Measles, Herpes.
Bitter Gourd is favourable in keeping away Gastrointestinal Disorders.
It is helpful in countering Colic; the Abdominal Pain, mostly experienced by Babies.
Its Anti inflammatory properties are effective in curbing pain due to Gout, Rheumatism.
It effectively relieves the condition of Cholera and Diarrhoea.
Bitter Gourd curbs pain as a result of Menopause.
It eases Constipation.
It provides relief from Piles.
Methods of Administration : How to Take Bitter Gourd
Capsule of powdered Bitter Gourd : 500-1000 mg/day
Juice : 50-100 ml/day
Caution : Consult a doctor before consuming it. Avoid consumption without consultation, during Pregnancy. Avoid Bitter Gourd seed and the outer rind, which has toxic lectins.
Keywords : Hair Problems, Fever, Hangover, Eye Problems, Earache, Blood poisoning, Blood Clotting, Respiratory Problems, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Obesity, Stamina, Fatigue, Cancer, Stomach Problems, Liver Problems, Skin Problems, HIV AIDS, Kidney Stones, Allergies, Malaria, Viral Infecions, Immunity Booster, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Colic, Joint Problems, Cholera, Diarrhea, Menopause, Constipation, Piles.
Single Herb

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Ascites

Have Bitter Gourd root juice diluted in water. Drink 30 ml thrice a day. Repeat for 15 days.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Skin

Drink one cup Bitter Gourd juice early in the morning for 5 months daily.
Attention : You may add one tablespoon of Lime juice also.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Diabetes

Have 5 teaspoon Bitter Gourd juice once a day daily.
Attention : You may add it in cooked vegetables.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Haematuria

Take Bitter Gourd juice two times a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Alcoholism

Extract the juice of Bitter Gourd leaves. Take three tablespoon with Butter milk
OR : Drink half cup Bitter Gourd juice once a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Piles

Consume Bitter Gourd leaf juice in the morning.
OR : Mix 2-3 tablespoons of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) juice in a glass of buttermilk. Drink on an empty stomach in the morning for One month.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Rheumatism

Drink 1 cup of Bitter Gourd juice daily by adding 1 tsp Honey in it.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Grey Hair

Take a Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) and chop with skin. Put in one cup of Coconut Oil. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain. Massage with lukewarm oil thrice a week. It darkens your hair.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Psoriasis

Take one cup Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) juice. Mix one tsp lime juice in it and drink on an empty stomach.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Ascaris

Take 1 tsp dried seed powder of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ). Have it once a day with lukewarm warm.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Itching

Take a ripe Bitter Gourd ( Karela ). Mash it with Olive oil. Apply it over infected areas.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Cold

Consume 1 tsp leaf juice of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) once a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Stye

Boil dried leaves and fruit of Bitter gourd for 10-15 minutes. Add salt to taste. Strain. Have one glass once a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Heart

Consume 20 ml Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) juice thrice a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Chest Congestion

Boil 10 g root of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) with 50 ml water. Take 5 ml twice a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Head Lice

Use root decoction of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Head wash.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Malaria

Prepare an infusion using seeds of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ). Drink half cup of it twice a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Spleen Enlargement

Grind dried seeds of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) to make powder. Take half tsp with lukewarm water.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Swelling

Make paste using seeds of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ). Apply it over Swollen areas.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Wounds

Apply seed paste of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) over Wounds.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Pancreatitis

Bitter Gourd ( Karela in India ) reduces the inflammation of the Pancreas. It supports the proper functioning of the Pancreas and gives relief from the Abdominal Pain.
Have 3 to 4 teaspoons of fresh Bitter Gourd juice daily for a month.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Loose Motion

Extract the juice of two Bitter Gourds. Drink this juice once daily.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Hepatomegaly

Take half cup of Bitter Gourd juice mixed with a pinch of Common Salt, once a day.

Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) for Hepatosplenomegaly

Grind dried Bitter Gourd seeds to make a powder. Consume half teaspoon of this powder with lukewarm water daily.

Bitter Gourd ( karela ) for Metabolic Syndrome

Drink 30 ml of Bitter Gourd juice, twice daily.

Bitter Gourd for Gout

Take a handful of Bitter Gourd Leaves and crush them. Apply the juice and do gentle massage on the affected areas.
OR : You may take Bitter Gourd in the cooked form.
This helps in detoxifying the Body and reduces pain.
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Herbal Treatment For Bodyache 1

Take equal quantities of the roots of below given plants:
Boerhavia Diffusa ( Punarnava ), Bitter Gourd ( Karela ), Achyranthes Aspera ( Apamarga ), Pergularia Daemia ( Utaran ), Wood Apple ( Kaitha ), Black Pepper ( Kali Mirch ), Garlic ( Lehsun ), Terminalia Chebula ( Harad ), Long Pepper ( Pippali ), Sweet Flag ( Ghorvach ), Cat Tail Plant ( Kuppikhokli ). Add Azadirachta Indica ( Neem ) bark. Grind them. Boil them properly with Sesame Oil ( Til Ka Tel ). Apply it on the affected part.

Herbal Treatment For Obesity 2

Prepare a juice of Bitter Gourd and Yam Rhizome. Drink it once a day for a week.
Caution :
Excessive use may cause toxicity.

Herbal Treatment For Swelling 9

Take Half tablespoon fresh Lemon ( Nimbu in India ) Juice and One tablespoon Fresh juice of Bitter Gourd ( Karela in India ). Add 1 pinch of Ginger ( Adrak in India ) powder and take the mixture after meal.

Herbal Treatment For Abscess 12

Add 1 tsp Lime juice in a cup of Bitter Gourd juice. Drink it on an empty stomach. It helps to treat blood filled Boils.

Herbal Treatment For Cholera 5

Mix juices of Bitter Gourd and Onion in equal ratio. Drink 1 cup of it by adding few drops of Lemon in it. Use it once a day.

Herbal Treatment For High Cholesterol 2

Take one cup Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) juice. Add one teaspoon Lemon ( Nimbu ) juice. Drink it once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Measles 1

Crush few leaves of Bitter Gourd. Add 1 tsp Honey and half tsp Turmeric powder in it. Take 1 tsp of the mixture once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Gingivitis 2

Take few leaves of Bitter Gourd ( Karela in India ), Ginger ( Adrak in India ) and roots of Fig ( Anjeer in India ). Grind them to make paste. Add 1 tsp Black Pepper ( Kali Mirch in India ) powder with half tsp Salt ( Namak in India ) in it. Strain. Gargle with the liquid left.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 8

Mix equal quantity of Bitter Gourd juice and Indian Gooseberry juice. Have it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 17

Prepare a fine powder of the following herbs and store in a vessel:
Gymnema Sylvestre 50 mg
Dried Bitter Gourd 50 mg
Fenugreek Seeds 50 mg
Nigella seeds ( Black Cumin ) 50 mg
Dried Black Plum ( Jamun )50 mg
Black Pepper 25 mg
Consume ¼ tablespoon powder along with a cup of Soy Milk or Butter Milk ( Lassi ) on an empty stomach.
Soak ¼ tablespoon of the powdered mixture in a glass of water overnight and consume before breakfast in the next morning.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 20

Prepare a powder of 1 kg of dried Okra (Lady Finger), 1 kg dried leaves of Sukh Chain Tree, 1 kg dried Neem Tree leaves, dried Bitter Gourd 250 grams, dried Black Plum seeds 250 grams and store in a vessel. Take 1 teaspoon powder with stale water not fresh water. It is most effective treatment to cure Diabetes completely.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 23

Make a fine powder of dried Indian Gooseberry berries, Bitter Gourd and Black Plum seeds in the same quantity and store in a vessel. Consume 1 tsp of this powder with a glass of water for 1 week.

Herbal Treatment For Asthma 47

Add 2 teaspoons of Bitter Gourd ( Karela ) root paste in a glass of Basil ( Tulsi ) leaf juice. Consume it at night to get relief from Asthma.
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08 May 2015
Is karela juice early in the morning harmful for men?
As I have heard that it should be taken with fresh tomato juice?
Ramit Patel
12 May 2015
Dear Samir,

I love to see that people take initiative towards home remedies for their various problems. While they have busy schedule yet people give their precious time to read about herbal ways. I appreciate the efforts made by you. As per your concern, there is no harmful effects of karela juice, no issues weather man or woman is suppose to take it. Please stay contact with me. I am also a lover of nature and its miraculous effects.

With Respect
Ramit Patel
Ahmed ( Trichy )
17 Mar 2016
Good morning,

I take Karela infused water for treating diabetes type 2.
I will cut Karela into small pieces and put in a jar of water. This water will be let for a few hours and then consumed during the course of the day like a few sips each time.
18 Mar 2016
Dear Ahmed
Yes, you can. Or you can drink juice of fresh Bitter Gourd daily in the morning on an empty stomach. Panner ka phool is another cure for diabetes. This Herb really has shown great positive results. Dosage : Put 5-6 pieces of flower in a glass of water and keep it overnight. In the morning, squeeze the flowers and mix them well, Now, strain it and drink the water. Read Diabetes in the disease section of this website and get yourself informed about the disease and its cures.
04 Apr 2016
Hi I am using bitter gourd juice for my weight loss. I am drinking it in the early morning in empty stomach. I am mixing honey lemon juice pepper powder and black salt with it. Whether it will cause any side effects for me pls let me no
05 Apr 2016
Dear Bagavathi A Herb if taken for too long, may show adverse effects on the body. Since when are yo using this remedy for weight loss ? And did you observe in notable difference in your weight after taking this Herb ? In the mean while, the other options are----
Swallow a tablespoon of raw Fenugreek seeds daily.
Eat 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.
Do regular Exercise and Yoga. Drink two cups of green tea daily
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
05 Apr 2016
Thank u for the reply . I have noticed some inches difference in my body just I am using this juice for past one week. Anyway thank u for ur valuable suggestion I will follow it for my better results
Trapti garg ( India )
20 Apr 2016
Sir my mother in law tells me daily compustion of Kerala juice is main reason for kidney failure . Pls tell me it's true or nt.... Thanks in advance
03 May 2016
Dear Trapti
Its not that Bitter Gourd causes kidney failure, but if you already have any liver or kidney disorder, then this is not the veggie for you. Since it is not easily digested and may lead to other problems like infertility or other kidney related issues.
If you do not have any problem related to kidney,and you wish to cure a disease. then you may take it for 4 weeks and then may skip for 5 days and then again take for 4 weeks
Mohit Ramle ( India )
31 May 2016
Is consuming bitter gourd juice harmful for kidney patients?

It's seen that Diabetes patients generally tend to face kidney . If bitter guard is good for diabetic patient them how can it be harmful for kidney patients?
27 Jun 2016
For diabetic patient, if you are suffering from kidney disorder. Take Gokharu capsules. One capsule everyday. This is a boon for Kidneys. Also, Take Punarnava in the water extract. Both these herbs are very beneficial for Kidneys.
Jaleel ahmed ( India )
29 Jul 2016
i have been facing problem psorisies last 4 year on head and back of the body.
i saw one of the video on youutub they advice to drink bitter gourd juice and mixing one table spoon lemon jucice empty stomach 4 to 6 month
if i drink 4 to 6 month in future is there any side effect

Please give me reply

Jaleel Ahmed
29 Jul 2016
Dear Jaleel
I advise you one dose of psorinum 200. It is an Homeopathy medicine, just buy 1 dose and wait for 1 week. As per as lemon juice and bitter gourd is concern, you may take it in a small quantity, because bitter gourd is hot in potency. I also advise to take bath from Margosa leaves. Boil Margosa leaves in water and add it to bathing water.
30 Jul 2016
can i drink better gourd juice and mixing lemon one table spoon and having dandruff problem with itching and hair lose problem.
Rajan gaud ( Maharashtra )
20 Aug 2016
I have a kindney stone is it Bitter gourd juice is good for kindney stone
OK nam
07 Jan 2017
No you battery take water rice to help kidney stone grow up then take an oppression
Anonymus ( US )
08 Sep 2016
Can we preserve bitter gourd juice??if yes then how and how long??
Baani Goel
12 Sep 2016
Preserve it for one month. Do not forget to refrigerate it. Take fresh juice. Add a little amount of salt to it. One peppercorn and a clove of garlic. Store in the refrigerator. This will help you preserve it for a month.
Ch. Lalitha ( India, Telangana State )
13 Sep 2016
Sir, I am from Telangana State, often I face urine infection with release of excess pus cells in my urine. How do I treat it with karela? Is there any better natural treatment? Please help me.
I am too fat also, how do I reduce my weight?
15 Sep 2016
Thse herbs will help you--- 1.) Take half a teaspoon of Baking Powder in half a glass of water, thrice a day for 10 days. 2.) Eat alkaline food. 3.) Take Echinacea (given on the website) 4.) Take plenty of Cranberry and Blueberry. UTI is also manifestation of a disordered Liver. Take a course of Milk Thistle : 1 capsule a day, for 15 days.
Another herb is for UTI is ;Gokharu. take one capsule, everyday for a month
15 Sep 2016
Hello Sir,
My mother is taking Karela juice for some time to make sugar level down. but her liver is not working well. After taking karela juice, she faces loose motions always.
Please tell me why this is happening and also give me your valuable suggestions to cure it.
Thanking you.

16 Sep 2016
Avinash Please specify the dosage of Karela juice that she has been taking. Is she taking it on an empty stomach ? Is she taking any other medication or herbs along with this herb ? Does she suffer from any ailment related to Liver ? Write to us, other symptoms if noticed.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Mahi ( India )
27 Sep 2016
i have irregular menses problem so can i cure it with karela juice.... Kindlly answer me.....

Rashna Kamboj
28 Sep 2016
For irregular menses. The best herbs for you are--
Shatavari and Manjakani. These are the best herbs for female reproductive system. You may buy the herb in the form of tincture or take it in the form of tablets or capsules. Take Dong Quai capsules also, one capsule everyday for a month. I would also suggest you to go for a pelvic ultrasound . Get this test done and let me know the result.
Sadaa ( India/delhi )
23 Oct 2016
I m using karela fr making liver better from last 1 month...and after that i took a break..but now after reading your answers Iam really scared because. i had Liver enlargement and high cholesterol and high uric acid and i consumed karela in bhujia form on daily basis upto atleast 1 month...and that time i had great results but wen i restarted just 1st day i.e. 2day i read these all..and m really scared...m also overweight only age 26...suggest any thing good
27 Oct 2016
Sadaa It's absolutely okay, since you have been taking it in the cooked form. When you take The Bitter gourd as it is, in the fresh form, then it is advised to take it for 3 weeks. For reducing weight, eat Avocado everyday for a month.
Do regular exercise.
For Liver, take Milk Thistle capsule everyday for a month.
Nusrat sharifa ( Westbengal )
08 Nov 2016
i have polycistic ovarian syndrome.can i cure it with karela juice.i take 1 glass kerala juice for the last 8 or 9 days.please let me know
Karuna Haider
16 Nov 2016
Nusrat. Yes, you may take Karela juice for 15 days. Then for PCOS, take Saw palmetto capsules. One , everyday for 15 days.
Drink Chaste berry tea everyday for a month. I will suggest you to please read the disease PCOS in the disease section of this website.
Nidhi ( Kuwait )
11 Nov 2016
For a diabitic h much n h long can take bitter gourd juice without medicines ? Kindly reply.As I have a gd experience of this juice for blood sugar levels came down from 18 to 4.6 in 17 days with a glass of bitter gourd juice empty stomach in morning along with fenugreek seeds n black seed (kalongi -little)
16 Nov 2016
If you are taking Bitter Gourd for Diabetes . Take for 4 weeks. Then, skip for a week and then again take for 4 weeks.
Note, excessive intake may reduce decrease your libido.
13 Nov 2016
I have a lymphnodes on my left neck. It is hard, painful and i think 1inch in size. I've never been consult any doctor about it. It was started last month when i had a fever and i ignored it. I thought i was because of my allergic rhinitis. Is it ok to drink bitter gourd? I read a lot of articles about the side effects and i am confuse. Any advice, pls!!!
18 Nov 2016
Eden It is suggested that you please consult a doctor first, you need to be diagnosed. A physical examination is required before you take any herb or medicine.
Manohar Naidu ( India )
25 Nov 2016
Hello , I am a diabetic, having BP and cholesterol and body ache sleep apnea
I take bitter gourd juice 30 ml with warm water also I add some drops of lemon , empty stomach.
Pls suggest me on above dose or need to change.
02 Dec 2016
The only thing that you need to care of is : Do not take it in continuation for more than 3 weeks.
Skip for at least a week, and then you may continue again. For Bp, you may try Giloy. It is one of the most effective herbs for Bp.
Sabia Bano ( India, west bengal )
19 Dec 2016
if a person is suffering from diabetes as well as having hypertension is bitter gourd still helpful...
Kanishak Khetrapal
20 Dec 2016
Sabia Bano
Yes, if a person is suffering from High Bp and Diabetes, he can take Bitter Gourd.
Tha juice can be taken every morning for 40 days. Then, you will have to skip the juice for a week. Again resume after a week for 40 days.
You must keep this in mind that if you take bitter Gourd for a prolonged period, or in excess, it will decrease your libido. The herb is known to reduce the Blood pressure, so absolutely safe for those suffering from High Blood Pressure.
04 Jan 2017
i am using homeopathy medicines for diabetics and also using karela juice with empty stomach shall i use the juice or shall i avoid and please help me with this regard
19 Jan 2017
Only consume Karela juice for 28 days. Then I would advise you to skip it for a week. Then you may again take it for next 28 days.
Also, please do not take this juice in excess, as this may decrease your libido. What all homeopathic medicines are you taking for diabetes.
11 Jan 2017

I am using karela juice with lemon every morning around 150 Ml. I have constipation problem, Acne and wart too
Can I use this for regular basis
19 Jan 2017
Do not take it regularly, as this may disturb your sex life. Why don't you take it thrice in a week ? And for acne, try Neem paste. Or a paste prepared by Indian Sorrel leaves.
For warts, apply garlic on them. It is pretty much effective. For constipation, drink Indian Gooseberry juice daily on an empty stomach for a month.
Anne mwangi ( United States )
11 Feb 2017
I bought bitter gourd juice from Indian store Ishelves it safe to use it everyday.?
Kunal Firdoz
14 Feb 2017
Depends on the reason you wish to use it.
IF you are using it in te form of juice, then do not take continuously for more than 25 days. Skip for a few days and then you may again continue to take it.
So, please share your health problem first, so that an appropriate method can be suggested.
Malathy ( Tamilnadu )
17 Feb 2017
My in-laws are consuming bitter gourd juice every day morning in the empty stomach for diabetes.but recently i noticed that his face is becoming black and he is losing his weight.WHY?
Saransh Bedi
21 Feb 2017
How much juice are they consuming ?
And since when are they taking it. It is written above that the juice should not be consumed for more than 4 weeks. Please ask them to stop the intake and try other effective herbs for Diabetes like Gudmar and Berberis Vulgaris or Galega Officinalis. Read the Diabetes page in the disease portal of this website and decide the cure.
Nin ( Uk )
26 Mar 2017
I suffer with really bad acid reflex.I am on omeprazole tables and they have no effect.I have come to a point that everyday is a struggle.I sometimes take Argentum nit 30 and it works for few days .please help.I have been to see specialists and now been referred again.please advise
Bhawna Shrama ( India )
27 Mar 2017
Do not take Argentum Nit at all. this may graft a new disease. Take a pinch of Baking Soda in a quarter glass of water. Drink this every day for 21 days.
Also, read " The Genesis " page given in the Vibrant Health Portal of this website. Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water is another effective cure for Acid Reflux
Kailash ( India / Delhi )
01 Apr 2017
I Kailash Anhal am 30 years old. I am not sick. I want to ask that can I take karela juice daily for my good health in future. Will karela juice do side effect to me in a long time use of juice. And how much juice should I take daily.
Rohit Bindal ( India )
03 Apr 2017
Dear. if you are not suffering from any disease, then Why do you want to take Karela ( Bitter Gourd ) juice ?
Prolonged use of this will cause low blood pressure and weight loss.
Instead, you can try Green Leaf Juice for 15 days.
Read The Genesis page given in the Vibrant Health Portal on this website. Try that.
12 Apr 2017
I had Pancreatitis attack 5 yrs back. Since then I had blood sugar and diabetes. I am taking Amaryl 1 mg 1-1-0 and Volibo 0.3 1-1-1 under doctor's advise. Recently a friend advised me to take karela juice in the morning on empty stomach. After 3 months, I found slight increase in sugar levels. Is karela juice safe for pancreatitis patients. Presently I have discontinued the same. I am 68 yrs old.
Jignesh Batra
13 Apr 2017
Yes, You can have Bitter Gourd juice. It is safe. But have it ony for 20 days, then skip for a week, again resume for 20 days. It is known to reduce inflammation, and helps to rectify pancreas functions. Take 20 ml bitter gourd juice.
Have it once a day.
All the best.
17 Apr 2017
Are some people allergic to Karela (get rashes on the face & neck etc) ? coz off recent I have noticed some reaction on my face (earlier i never got this). I love to have Karela to make sure I avoid any Skin irritation n any skin infection but not sure why am i getting rashes now.
Maya Maun ( India )
26 Apr 2017
Gayatri. BItter Gourd is used as a blood purifier. It is used to cure Skin Disorders. It can not be possible that it can cause rashes on Skin, unless you are taking additional medication, that can interact with the herb.
Skip the consumption for sometimes and then notice. Are you taking any other herbs along with the Karela ( Bitter Gourd ).
I have never read or heard of such a side effect caused by this herb.
Ramit ( India )
24 Apr 2017
Sir.is it safe to drink bitter gourd juice after consumption alcohol
26 Apr 2017
No. Why would you do that ?
If you really care about your health, You must not consume alcohol.
S.K. ( India/ Delhi )
04 May 2017
Dear Sir,
I am 60 plus and am having diabetes 2 for past more than 15 years and taking allopathic medicines, Pioz 7.5 and Glimisave M3 Forte for diabetes and Ramitorva for high BP. My fasting sugar level normally comes normal (below 90) but PP sugar level comes very high, 325 (300 ), 1.5 to 2 hours after meals. I am having itching problem too. Will karela juice empty stomach help in controlling my PP sugar level and itching problem? I am having no other problems as such.
Kindly advise how and for how long should I take karela juice, if it can help? Thanks...
22 May 2017
You can take Karela juice, but it is advised that you take it for 15 days, on an empty stomach and then take a one week break from it. And then again consume it for 15 more days. Do not take this Karela juice in excess, as this may lead to decreased libido. For Diabetes, you can take Jarul tea, one cup every day for a month.
But, since you already are taking additional allopathic drugs, so this is very important to monitor your sugar level.
You may adjust the dosage of your allopathic medicines according to the readings. Gudmar is another very effective herb for curing Diabetes.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Manilal ( South Africa/Johannesburg )
12 May 2017
How and when to take Karela powder.
22 May 2017
Why ?
Why do you want to take Bitter Gourd ?
What is the disease that you are suffering from ?
Archana ( India )
12 May 2017
Dear sir ,
I am not diabetic, but I am taking bitter guard juice from last 15 days. I am also mixing some mint leaf,cucumber, some curry leaf (meeta neem)and half lemon. Is there any side effects of this. please tell me.
Naina Guleria ( India )
22 May 2017
Take the juice only for a week. Archana, do you suffer from any disease?
Why are you taking all these herbs?
SK ( India/ Delhi )
19 May 2017
Dear Sir,
I had posted my query above on 4th May'2017 regarding use of Karela juice empty stomach to control my itching problem and post food sugar level which goes 300 plus.

Kindly advise how and how long should I take Karela juice, if it is helpful to cure/ control my above problems? Can there be any side effects if it is taken for long duration?

If there is some other herbal home remedy which can help better to control my above problems, kindly let me know.

22 May 2017
Your query has been taken care of. Yes, Karela juice will purify your blood and provide you aid from Itching. It is suggested that you read the disease Diabetes, on Herbpathy. The page will answer many of your questions. Take the maximum benefit from the information given on that page. All the best. For any further queries, you can always write to us.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Sharmistha ( India )
01 Jun 2017
Can we drink boiled bitter guard water?
Nalini Jha ( India )
14 Jun 2017
Yes, you can drink Bitter Gourd. The dosage depends on the disease. What is the disease that you are suffering from ?
Do you suffer from Diabetes ?
Please explain your problem in detail.
Asha Seetaram ( Mauritius )
29 Jun 2017
My husband and i are both overweight and are drinking fresh green apple juice mix with bitter gourd juice. According to you is it appropriate?
Pritha Garg
04 Aug 2017
Asha. Yes, you may take this juice to shed weight. Also , I would like to share that you please try Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 teaspoons added to a glass of warm water, every day, for 2 months. Engage yourself in Yoga. Practice Yoga, every day, regularly.
01 Sep 2017
Hello Ian 26yr female. I have asthma and Iam allergic to dust,strong smells. Sneezing, coughing and itchy nose become part of my life. I want to try bitter gourd juice for my help and for my skin. Coz I have sun tan .
Sreenivas ( Telanagana )
07 Oct 2017
I am taking bitter guard juice 5ml regularly as i am a diabetic patient. Loose motions observed after consuming juice. can you please tell me why it is like that.

Priyanka ( Mumbai )
07 Oct 2017
Hi , I m 32yr old hv 2 kids. I have menses problem it's very irregular. I had my last periods on 25th August bt it's nw 7th October it yet to be come.. I do pregency test bt it's negetive... Pls suggest me can I take bitter gourd juice to regularise my menstruation... I m breastfeeding my 11 month old son.. pls advise..
Sunita ( India )
14 Nov 2017
Hi sir

I am 36 year old and no diseases But some skin pigmentation.How much kerala juice i can take and for how much time.
Vincent Ross ( United States )
28 Dec 2017
hello my name is Vincent I like to know if I'm taking medication for congestive heart can I take black seed bitter
Hi ( Virginia )
28 Dec 2017
my name is Vincent I have a question about congestion heart can I take black seed bitter with medication
08 Mar 2018
Do you mean Black Cumin seed ?
Heartzl ( Philippines )
06 Mar 2018
Is it bad to eat bitter gourd when your stomach is empty?
08 Mar 2018
If you are diabetic , then it is okay to have Bitter Gourd juice or Bitter Gourd . If you are not, then it may not be good to have it, a sit may lower the sugar level.
So, it depends.
Suraj ( India )
05 May 2018
Since last year I am suffering from rhinatic allergy .. during the course of allopathic medicine I remain fit .. but as soon as I leave it allergy again starts ... I tried various home remedies but seems ineffective.. I don't want to use allopathic because of its side effects and homeopathy doesn't show its effect quickly .. what is best, possible home remedies
Naina tulsyan ( India , Uttar Pradesh )
13 Jun 2020
I am taking karela juice since 15 days for weight loss.
I m 26 years old female.
I am unmarried.
How many days can I take this juice continuously?
Please suggest me ....
Thank you so much
Toyin joshua
22 Dec 2023
known as Ejirin or Ejirin wewe in South Western Nigeria
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