Bitter Melon (Herb/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:balsam apple, balsam pear, more...bitter apple, bitter cucumber, bitter gourd, karela, lakwa, margose, momordica charantia, wild cucumber
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Suggested Dosing

Diabetes

50-100 mL qD OR

900 mg of fruit TID

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Suggested Uses

Diabetes, psoriasis, GI upset, anti-microbial, HIV, cancer, fertility, skin diseases

Efficacy

Preliminary research shows that it decreases blood glucose & HgbA1C in type 2 diabetes

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            Adverse Effects

            Not specified

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            Warnings

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            Cautions

            Concomitant hypoglycemic medications

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: X

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA: Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

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            Mechanism of Action

            Polypeptide P: insulin-like properties (onset 30-60min; peak 4 hours)

            Also has anticancer proteins

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