Principal Proposed Uses
Widely sold in Asian groceries as food, bitter melon is also a folk remedy for diabetes, cancer, and various infections.
What Is Bitter Melon Used for Today?
In test tube studies , a protein in bitter melon called MAP-30 kills viruses and slows the growth of some cancer cells. However, it is a long way from the test tube to real people, and there have not as yet been any human trials of bitter melon or its constituents for the treatment of cancer or viral diseases.
Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe kidney disease has not been established.
Interactions You Should Know About
If you are taking:
- Medications to reduce blood sugar : Bitter melon might amplify the effect, and you may need to reduce your dose of medication.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -