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Ampalaya is a vegetable grown throughout the
Philippines. It is mostly cultivated, although wild forms can
be found. It grows wild in the remote areas of Mt. Banahaw. As
the English name suggests (bitter melon), the melon has a bitter
taste due to the presence of momordicin. There has been much research
done on the effectiveness of using Momordica Charantia in the
treatment of diabetes. It has been shown to increase production
of beta cells by the pancreas, thereby improving the body’s
ability to produce insulin. It has been recommended by the Department
of Health of the Philippines, as one of the best herbal medicines
for it's ability to help with liver problems, Diabetes and HIV.
It is a common herb used in Chinese herbology. In the Philippines,
the leaves are often used for children's coughs. It is also used
in the treatment of skin diseases, sterility in women, as a parasiticide,
as an antipyretic, and as a purgative.