English :Bitter gourd
Manipuri :Karot akhabi
Group :Angiosperm (Dicotyledon)
Species :charantiia Linn.
Habit :Slender climber
Parts Used :Root, Fruit
Mode of Preparation :Fruit used after fried and boiled. Root crushed with water for juice extract.
Mode of use :Decoction
Ingredients :Fruit is rich in minerals and vitamin A, C, B-complex, diosgenin and carotenoids. Seeds yield an edible fatty oil.
Ailment Treated:Fruit is used in leprosy, malignant, hypertension, diabetes, dysentery, gouts, diseases of liver, ulcers to treat stomach worms, fever and spleen. Roots juice is given in hemorrhoids.
Source:Cultivated extensively in private lands.