how much is too much? any side effects?
how much is too much? any side effects?
cerasee can neva be too much...
my stash run out...send mi some nuh?
"too much ah anyting nuh good fi yu"
It is supposed to cleanse your system but overuse can possible do some harm to your system!
I would probably limit intake to no more than once or twice a day(breakfast,lunch or at dinner)
it also depends how strong you draw it!!
Here is some info:
This is for informational purposes only. Most of this information is
obtained from oral and traditional sources. No medical claims are made
here. If you have a medical problem you should see your doctor for
treatment. As with any herb, use cautiously, and note any possible
General Information on -Momordica Charantia-
Gourd family, widely used in traditional medicine in the Orient and
Carribean. In the Orient people eat the immature fruits as a vegetable,
and in the Phillipines, people use the young leaves as seasoning. The
plant is also known to certain elderly African-americans of the
southeastern US. The plant should be shared freely along with this
Some consider Serasee to be a sacred plant and thus it should not be
bought or sold, only given. (Something given in return may be accepted,
however.) It should be used in its natural form; nothing should be
isolated or synthesised from it.
Serasee is said to have the following properties:
Cooling in effect, bitter, blood purifier, hepatic, tonic, immune
booster, anti-inflammatory. Used in treating infections, both local
and systemic, arthritis, colds, flu, regulating blood pressure and
blood sugar, wounds, burns, insect bites, stomach problems. Seeds are
Vines with square sided stems, slender, weak, creeping or climbing
stems, musky odor. Leaves alternate, palmate, dull-green, flabby,
with 5 to 7 toothed leaflets. Fruit 1 to 8 inches long or more,
bright orange when ripe, oval, pointed, fleshy, splits into 3 parts
which curl back, revealing glistening, bright-red, moist sticky arils
(seed coating) enclosing irregularly shaped elliptic brown seeds.
Common names and their associated cultures are: Bitterweed --
Southeastern US; Serasee -- Carribean islands; Bitter melon -- Oriental
immigrants to the US; Carillon -- Latin America; Mexicane -- Cajun
"traeteur" of Louisiana, USA; Kho Qua -- Vietnam; K'u Kua -- China;
ampalayo -- Phillipines; Kukakaya -- India. Also: Balsam Pear, Boston
Apple, Bitter Gourd, Bitter Cucumber, Concombre Amer.
Raw fruits and seeds contain more of the active principle than
leaves, so caution should be taken when dealing with these. Leaves may
be eaten raw in small quantities. A pregnant woman should not use
momordica, as it has been used as an ingredient in some abortifacent
mixtures. Although the plant is slightly toxic in the raw state, it is
generally safe to use externally, and may be prepared in many ways for
Serasee is primarily a preventive herb. If you have active
diabetes or liver trouble, do not use serasee except under close
medical supervision. Serasee inhibits sugar output in the urine, so
some other means should be used to monitor the diabetic's condition.
Serasee is believed to work in a holistic manner. It is believed
to work best if your food and water are clean and natural, and your
heart and mind are pure. If you eat foods with a lot of chmemicals it
won't work so well. If you are full of toxins, use sparingly at
first, as purification reactions may be strong. As you get used to
serasee you may lose your taste for harmful foods and other substances
and may desire pure, natural foods. You will probably also lose your
craving for alchohol, drugs, refined sugar, etc. This is because
serasee is believed to work from a very subtle level to adjust your
body towards health.
Any new information should be forwarded to the authors at the
addresses listed in "Refereces" (last page). The authors are
particularly interested in chemical analyses, recipes, anecdotes of
treatments, experimental results, and references to this plant in
published works. Although this plant is well known to certain non-
western cultures, it is virtually unknown in the US and Europe.
Uses of Mormordica
Leaves and fruits may be picked from the plant as needed, and used
in many ways. Leaves and fruits taken from the plant at the end of
the season may be preserved by drying, tincture, canning, etc, for use
when the fresh plant is not available. When taking a leaf, use a
sharp knife or pair of scissors, and pick it as close as possible to
the main stem without damaging the plant, as the petiole (leaf stem)
is said to have great medicinal value. Use older, larger leaves for
maximum potency. WHen taking a leaf, check its base; if there is a
female flower bud at its base, do not take that leaf. The ripe
berries may also be preserved in spirits such as rubbing alchohol,
whiskey or vodka, and this applied to the skin. They may also be
preserved in good vinegar, and this vinegar added to food or applied
to the skin. Boil the leaves briefly to make a decoction. Use at
least 5 - 7 leaves to a pint of water. The whole, green berries
(including seeds) have also been used medicinally in severe cases. The
crushed roots, saved from last year's harvest, are also used
medicinally, but not much information is available at this time.
Experiment cautiously, as the roots are very strong. Perhaps they
could be used on the skin, either on ulcers or infected wounds, or on
A decoction of the leaves is drunk as preventative or treatment for
many problems, such as stomachache, fever, infectious diseases,
arthritis, hypertension, immune problems, and cancer. The decoction may
also be used as a skin wash, or added to the bathwater. To make the
taste of the decoction more tolorable, the leaves may be boiled with
mint, or the decoction may be tempered with honey or mixed with fruit
juice. Some people temper it with sugar or milk but this is not
recommended. Oreintal peoples use the green fruits and leaves as a
vegetable. When preparing the fruits to use as a vegetable, remove the
seeds, as they are slightly toxic, having an emetic effect.
Freeze the leaf-decoction in ice cube trays if available. Use the
ice on the skin for insect bites, skin problems, chemical irritations,
poison ivy, etc. Or, melt the decoction ice in your mouth for internal
Chop the leaves finely and add to cooked meat and vegetable dishes
during the last few minutes of cooking. They impart a mild curry-like
taste, bitter but not unpleasantly so. This suggests an easy way to
introduce this plant to a person who will not drink the decoction.
Caution: Never give medicine to anyone without their knowledge or
consent! Green berries may be sliced thin, dried, and stored for use
when the fresh plant is not available. Reconstitute these dried berry
slices in water and use in the same way as the fresh plant; or boil
them for a decoction or eat them as a vegetable. The raw leaves,
though very bitter, can be eaten, and some people can eat the raw
immature fruits as well. Chop a leaf or two, finely, mix with other
raw greens for salad. The arils have a sweet taste with only slight
bitter undertones. Do no suck them directly from the seeds, however,
since mouth enzymes may damage the seeds and make them unsuitable for
planting. Instead, rub or wash arils from the seeds, and eat the
Fresh leaves, crushed and applied to insect bites or stings, are
used to relieve itching and lessen or sometimes prevent formation of
welts or sores. Crushed leaves may also be applied to contact rashes,
burns, cuts, abrasions, and other wounds, to relieve pain and promote
healing. Fresh berries, reconstituted dried berries, or berries
perserved in tincture are also used in this way. The decoction,
either frozen or liquid, relieves skin rashes if applied to the skin.
A decoction of the leaves may be drunk at the onset of infectious
diseases to lessen the course of the disease. Some people drink it
during cold and flu epidemics as a prevention. It has been used to
wash arthritic limbs, feverish children, and infected skin wounds.
The decoction, taken regularly, has been used to regulate blood sugar
and blood pressure. The arils, eaten from the mature seeds, are said
to relieve sinus trouble. Caution: be careful in a case of active
diabetes, as serasee masks the sugar output in the urine. Watch the
diabetic's condition some other way.
A decoction of the whole fruit, including seeds, has been drunk or
used as a retention enema, despite the irritating nature of the seeds,
in cases of severe systemic infection. This should be undertaken with
caution, under the guidance of a knowledgable person, if possible.
Soothing herbs or other standard remedies may be used to counteract
the stomach distress.
A piece of the main stem, if available, saved from last year's
harvest, may be included in any of these decoctions.
The roots are also said to have medicinal value, but no further
information on this is is available at this time. Experimental
consumption of the root should be undertaken with great caution, as
this part of the plant is also more toxic than other parts. This
possible use is mentioned only so that those who grow serasee would
harvest and preserve the root as well, for when further information on
its use becomes available. If further updates of this article are
desired, contact the authors at the addresses listed in "references"
on the last page.
Some Anecedotal Uses
A poultice of honey and crushed leaves was applied to second-degree
gasoline burns. The person also ate raw leaves, in small quantities,
dipped in honey and chewed slightly. The burns healed quickly, were
totally free of infection, and no scaring was found after healing.
A man had been tested HIV positive and was symptomatic. He
obtained the leaves and seeds of momordica, and was told to drink a
decoction of the leaves, plant the seeds, tend to the plant, and use
the plant in any way his intuition suggested. He did so, adding
leaves to his food, and using decoctions in other ways as well.
Several years later, he was free of most symptoms.
A woman applied ripe serasee berries to a precancerous skin lesion,
and the lesion dried up and was shed from her skin.
A wasp got caught under someone's clothes, and the person was stung
many times. Fresh crushed leaves were applied to the stings, which
relieved the pain and prevented the formation of welts.
A physician friend informs me that references to momordica
charondia are beginning to appear in the professional journals as a
possible treatment for AIDS. In vitro tests and experimetal
treatments on human patients are promising. A worker at a local AIDS
clinic has offered to send a copy of a bibliography of recent works.
More specific information should be available in a near future
revision of these notes.
Planting and Horticulture Instructions for -Momordica Charantia-
Serasee requires a long growing season; some people find it to their
advantage to start the seeds indoors in small containers early in the
spring. Others, living in warmer areas, find it sufficient to plant
the seeds outdoors after the season has become warm. Serasee requires
warm nights (65 degrees F or over) to germinate reliably. If you choose
to start the seeds indoors, the following instructions are helpful.
If you choose to start them outdoors, prepare an area with good soil,
good drainage, and good light. Provide support for the vines. Plant
and tend them in the same manner as you would cucumbers or summer
Starting seeds indoors
Soak seeds in water for several days while moon is waxing or new, in
the springtime. Prepare containers of good potting soil, well watered
and drained. Plant seeds about 1 inch (3 cm) deep and 2 inches (6 cm)
apart. Cover containers with cellophane and set in a warm, dark place.
Keep soil moist but not wet. Insufficient warmth or moisture can
inhibit germination. Nighttime temperatures should be around 65
degrees F. Setting the arrangement atop the refrigerator may be
sufficient; also cover with a blanket at night. There are commercial
bottom-heaters available for germinating trays of seeds in cold
climates; a person north of USDA zone 8 may wish to consider investing
in one of these.
When seeds sprout, remove cellophane and set near a sunny window; keep
soil moist. When seedlings have produced 2 sets of true leaves, they
should be transplanted to the ground, or if this is not possible,
transplant to a large container of good soil (at most 2 or 3 plants to
5 gallons soil).
Some people are successful with planting the seeds directly in the
ground, forgoing many of these procedures, but others have found that
this gives a lower germination rate. If starting seeds outdoors, wait
till nighttime temperatures average 65 degrees F, and plant during a
rainy spell if possible. Keep planting bed well watered.
Plant or transplant outdoors after season has become warm. Prepare a
location with partial sun and good soil, well-watered and
well-drained. Provide support for vines, a fence or trellis. If
possible, no other type of vine sharing this support (otherwise
harvest will be difficult). The plant is a tropical annual in the
gourd family. So she needs lots of run to run, and she may need
assistance to produce seeds if climate is insufficiently warm or
moist. After several months, the plant will begin to produce male and
female yellow flowers about 2-3 cm in diameter. Male flowers, more
numerous, have a yellow center and conical base, while female flowers
have a green center and small bump at the base. Female flowers begin
to appear a little later than male flowers, and insufficient moisture
can delay or prevent their appearance. Water frequently if necessary
at this time, as serasee is an annual and female flowers are necessary
to obtain seeds for next year's crop. When a female flower appears,
cross pollinate by hand. One way to do this is to remove a male
flower and gently touch its center to the center of the female flower,
thus transferring pollen grains to center of female flower. If
females flowers are numerous and bees are present, this procedure is
Few pests plague this plant, since leaves are very bitter. If pests
appear, control by sprinkling plant with a mixture of cayenne pepper,
garlic powder, and water, or with a light solution of soapy water. Or
use an infusion of tobacco or a decoction of grated onion, or a
combination of these things. Do not use synthetic pesticides, as a
residue may remain on the leaves, making them unsuitable for
Do not disturb vines which have become attached to their supports by
their tendrils, as this may cause the entire branch to wither.
Throughout the growing season, you can take leaves from the plant for
immediate use, or to preserve by freezing or drying for use when fresh
plant is not available. Take older leaves, including petioles, in
mid- morning after dew has dried and no rain has fallen for several
Treatment of the Seed Pods
When fruits develop, they will be soft, light green pods with a bumpy
or irregular surface. Watch the pods till they turn completely
orange. The stem end will be last to turn orange. Continue to watch
it, and in a day or so more, the pod will begin to soften at the
blossom end, and, if the weather has been good, it will begin to
split. At this time, pick the pod. Make sure the plant is dry, no dew
or rain. Thank the plant, then use a pair of scissors or a sharp
knife to cut the stem holding the fruit, and take the fruit inside.
If you don't have time to deal with it right away, keep it in the
Wash your hands throughly, then split the pod open and remove the
seeds. They will have bright red stuff on them. This red stuff,
called the arils, must be removed or the seeds will not keep. There
are several ways to remove the arils. One way is, starting at the
point end, slip your thumbnail under the aril and remove it. Then rub
or wash the seeds clean. The arils may be kept in water. Another way
is to put the seeds in a small bowl of clean water, and rub them with
your hands till the red stuff comes off. This water, into which you
washed the arils, is very good. You can drink it for sinus trouble or
rub it on your skin for bites, rashes, small wounds, etc. Keep it in
the refrigerator till you're ready to use it. If you have a lot of
pods and a lot of aril-water, freeze the water in an ice tray and
remove one cube at a time to use.
Still another way to remove arils, spread the seeds on a large, clean
piece of cloth or paper and allow to dry for a few days. Then, the
arils may be easily rubbed from the seeds. This way is easier than
washing the arils, but it does not preserve the arils as well for use;
a lot of the arils are wasted.
Set the seeds aside to dry. When they are thoroughly dry, keep them in
a clean, airtight container, protected from light and moisture, till
next spring when they are ready to plant.
Break the pod into several pieces, put it in a wide-mouth jar, and
cover it with good vinegar or rubbing alchohol. SOme people use
strong alchoholic spirits but this is not recomended. You can put all
of your pods in one jar and use a bottle of vinegar or whatever to
cover, or you can make up many small jars and share the with others.
This is a sort of tincture (although it is not strained) and it is
used for all sorts of skin problems by rubbing the liquid and
preserved pods on the skin. If you don't have vinegar or other
solvent handy, keep the pod in the refrigerator till you can get some.
Another way to preserve the mature pod for future use is to cut it in
small pieces and dry them. You can spread them out on a cookie sheet,
"inside" side up, and place the cookie sheet on top of the stove or in
the oven with the door open, and the warmth of the pilot light will
dry them. Or, run a needle and thread thru them, stringing them like
beads, and hang in a warm dry place.
Save the seeds for next year's planting. Wrap them loosely in clean
brown paper, then put the wrapped seeds in a widemouth jar with a tight
fitting lid. Give them to others, along with copies of the latest
version of SERASEE.TXT. Be sure and save some for yourself to plant
next year, too. I mostly distribute seeds in the spring, as that's the
time to plant them. If you distribute them in the fall, people tend to
lose them, or plant them at the wrong time. If you have more seeds than
you have people to give them to, send some to your local AIDS support
organization, or to Of The Jungle seed co. at the address below. (For
info on how to contact your local AIDS support organization, call the
national AIDS hotline, 1-800-342-AIDS.) Serasee is a sacred plant, and
should not be bought or sold. It is ok, however, to accept a donation to
cover the cost of distribution.
Of the methods of using products of this plant, using fresh products
is best. Next is frozen products, then dried or preserved in tincture.
End of the season
In temperate climates, the plant begins to lose vigor after fall
equinox. It will produce a large number of female flowers, and at the
same time begin to weaken noticeably. At the time of the first frost
it should be harvested, as it cannot survive the cold. Allow nearly
mature fruits to ripen on the vine so that seeds can be obtained.
(Seeds from unripe fruits are unviable). The immature fruits are
removed and preserved by drying, canning, or other ways, or they may
be prepared and eaten as a vegetable at this time. Remove the seeds,
as they are emetic. Seeds from immature fruits are not viable for
planting, but they may be preserved separately for medicinal use in
At the end of the season the vines may be pulled by the roots, removed
from their support and spread out to dry. While doing this, remove
leaves. Good leaves may be preserved for internal use during the
winter; leaves which are withered or otherwise defective should not be
used internally. To preserve immature fruits, slice thinly and dry by
spreading on a screen or blanket or stringing loosely. They should be
set in partial sun and protected from moisture and insects. Immature
fruits may also be cooked and eaten fresh, canned, or preserved in
other standard ways. Save the vines and roots for later use. The
seeds may be planted and the cycle begin again when weather is warm,
or at any time for indoor cultivation.
Above USDA zone 6, many have reported difficulty germinating serasee,
or maintaining healthy plants in an outdoor garden. In this case, one
may wish to consider using a heated greenhouse, or growing the plant
indoors via standard indoor gardening techniques. But be sure to
provide lots of room!
Serasee is mildly toxic when raw. There has been one reported human
death, when an 8 year old child consumed 8 ounces of the fresh juice
(not tea) from the leaves and stems. There have also been occaisional
reports of illness and death in dogs who ate raw ripe fruits and seeds.
Such poisoning is highly unlikely, however. It is quite difficult to
consume large quantites of the raw plant parts, due to its extreme
bitter taste. A pregnant woman should not take serasee internally, as
it has been used in some abortifacent mixtures. Also a person with
liver problems or diabetes should not use serasee except under close
medical supervision. Serasee is primarily a preventive herb.
Recipes for Bitter Melon
"Bitter Melon Soup", a traditional Vietnameese recipe
Blanche several green melons in boiling water, cut lengthwise, and
remove seeds. Stuff with a "pate" of meat if used, or soy protein,
onions, and seasoning herbs such as celery, parsley, etc. Tie the
melons together with rubber bands, and return them to boiling water.
Cook for about an hour and salt to taste. "It is very good for the
liver", remarked the old woman who provided this recipe.
Sauteed Bitter Melon
Remove seeds of one or more green melons and cut in small pieces.
Or take a handful of leaves from the bitter melon plant and chop them
finely. Sautee along with onions, tomatoes, celery, parsley, cayenne,
salt (if used), etc. Serve over rice, or mixed with other greens. A
little ginger and/or molasses improves the taste.
Other ways of preparing the immature fruits as a vegetable
Any recipe involving summer squash or eggplant may be adapted for
use with immature serasee fruits, commonly known as bitter melons.
One may stuff them, use them in casseroles, etc. As always, when
preparing bitter melons to use as a vegetable, remove the seeds.
Although seeds from immature pods are not viable for planting, they
may be preserved for separate medicinal use.
Recipes can be found in Chineese cookbooks under recipes for Ku Kua
or Bitter Melon. Many such recipes involve meat. If one does not use
meat, tofu or reconstituted Textured Vegetable Protein may be
substituted. If making this substitution, use extra seasoning herbs
If anyone finds a good recipe for bitter melon, please forward it
to the authors so that we can include it in future revisions of this
The Serasee Alliance
A Serasee Alliance is forming. This will consist of people who are
dedicated to cultivating, studying, using, and sharing this plant. We
will collect contact information on these people, to share with other
people who want to use or study this plant. If you would like to have
your name added to the Serasee Alliance, please send your name, address,
and any personal information you want to share to Dee Smith at the
address below. Names from this list will be passed on only to people
who request a local contact or those who are working on similiar areas
with Serasee. Thank you.
Spiritual Aspects of Herbal Use
Remember, when using herbs for medicine, that you are using the
gift of the life of a sentient being. Always ask permission of the
plant before taking of it, and always give thanks and leave an
offering. Some people leave a coin or semiprecious stone in the
ground, or a few drops of honey, wine, milk, tobacco, or some similar
substance. Perhaps the bush would also appreciate an offering of
compost, Miracle-Grow, or some other plant food. Some people cup
their hands around the plant and meditate or pray, giving energy and
blessings to the plant in return for its gift of life. Some people say
that you should not take from the first plant you "talk to", but from
others around it. Be considerate of the plant; it is a sentient
being. Use a sharp knife or pair of scissors for taking from it, to
minimise damage and pain to the plant. Take only what you need; not
so much as to damage the plant.
The best time to pick from any plant is in mid-morning, after the
dew is dried but before the sun reaches maximum height. Except in
cases of iimmediate need, do not pick in the evening or at night, or
immediately after a rain, as the plant's vigor is diminished at these
times. The best time to pick is on a waxing moon. A woman on her
period should not handle live plants unless this is necessary, since
her energy is very strong and unpredictable at this time and a bit of
stray negativity can hurt the plant.
Momordica has a very "talkative" spirit, and seems eager to
instruct the seeker in new uses. Be open in your intuition for new
ways to use this plant. Beware of high doses taken in a new way, as
momordica is very strong; take it easy with new uses. This is a
versatile plant; come to it whatever your health need is, and allow
its spirit to suggest ways to help you. Momordica is a sentient
being; its spirit will talk to you and resonds to whatever health
needs you may have. Mormodica works from the subtlest levels to
adjust you toward health, and works best with your total cooperation
in the way of diet, attitude, etc. This is why no chemical extracts
or synthetics should be made from momordica; such abuse would make it
impossible for its spirit to "talk" and "work". Instead, use the
plant in its natural state, or prepared by natural means such as teas,
drying, tincture, ingredient in food, etc. There are many sentient
plants like this on earth; momordica is one of them.
If you find a new use for momordica that is particularly
interesting, please let us know at the addresses listed in
"references" so that we can pass this information on in future
revisions of this work. Likewise, if future revisions are desired,
contact the authors at these addresses.
Right now we are in a time of rapid transition and Spirit, in Its
mercy, has placed certain highly versitile medicine plants on earth
for the healing of all diseases. Momordica is one of these plants.
So always use it with gratitude to the plant and to the Higher Power,
in whatever form you understand.
-Wild Plants for Survival in South Florida- Julia F. Morton, Trend
House, 1306 W. Kennnedy Blvd, Tampa, Fla, 1974. The botanical description
above was taken from this work.
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Chineese Paramedical Manual, Running Press, 38 S Ninteenth St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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In the future Serasee should be available from the following seed
Of The Jungle, PO Box 1801, Sebastopol CA 95473. (Of The Jungle has
agreed to distribute the seeds at a low price, covering only their
cost of distribution.)
Pinetree Garden Seeds (listed as Bitter Gourd) Box 300 New Gloucester,
Johnny's Selected Seeds Foss Hill Rd Albion, ME 04910-9731
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physician before making any decisions regarding treatment.
Prepared by Martin A. Majchrowicz
Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) is a plant/fruit that belongings to the
family cucurbitacea. Chinese cucumber, the plant/fruit from which compound
Q (a.k.a. GLQ 223 and tricosanthin) is extracted, also belongs to this
family. Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd, bitter pear melon,
karela, ampalaya, balsam pear, bitter apple, wild cucumber, cindeamor,
carilla plant, African cucumber, margose, concombre African, and the herbs
Kuguazi (China) and Karela (Pakistan), is common in Asia as well as in
Southern California and southern Florida. This leafy plant bears fruit
which looks like a bumpy cucumber. The fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers,
stems, and roots of this plant have been used in Chinese medicine for
treating gastrointestinal infections, as an appetite stimulant, to decrease
blood sugar in diabetics, and to induce abortion in mid-term pregnancy.
More recently, research has shown that bitter melon may be useful as
treatment against cancer and HIV/AIDS.
MECHANISM OF ACTION
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong discovered alpha- and beta-
momarchorin, two proteins that inhibit HIV. A researcher at the University
of New York discovered another HIV-inhibitory protein, MAP 30, which has
been shown to inhibit reverse transcriptase and p24 expression, with very
little effect on uninfected cells. A recent report on MAP 30 has shown that
it may also inhibit HIV through destroying viral DNA. All three of these
proteins have been extracted from the seeds of the fruit. These and other
proteins that have been extracted have been categorized as Ribosome-
Inactivating Proteins (RIPs). (Ribosomes are proteins necessary for the
replication of viruses.) Ribosome-Inactivating Proteins, which are also
present in Compound Q (GLQ 223), have been shown to inhibit the replication
of herpes simplex virus (HSV-l) and poliovirus. Therefore, bitter melon may
have similar HIV-inhibitory properties to GLQ 223 but with much less
The abortion-inducing properties of bitter melon and GLQ 223 work by
preventing the interaction of syncytial cells in the placenta. This same
mechanism may prevent cell-to-cell infection, known as the syncytium
Extracts from the whole fruit have been shown to have anti-cancer
properties in mice. The authors of this study suggest that the anti-cancer
properties may be due in part to an enhancement of immune function induced
by the bitter melon. Another study has shown that bitter melon extracts
suppressed lymphocyte proliferation and macrophage and lymphocyte activity
The antiviral and immune-modulating properties of bitter melon make this an
interesting and unique approach to treating HIV/AIDS that deserves further
Unfortunately, there have been no clinical studies using bitter melon or
any extracts. Hundreds of anecdotal stories exist about the good and the
bad of bitter melon. The most well known is the story of a man in Los
Angeles who began drinking bitter melon tea in 1988. Prior to starting
bitter melon, his CD4 cells had just declined from 640 (37%) to 480 (32%)
with minor symptoms. Several months later his CD4 cells and percentage had
gone back up. He later switched to a bitter melon retention enema due to
the taste of the tea. As of February 1992, his CD4 count was 1370 (38%).
His complete blood counts and blood chemistry were all in the normal range.
Today this man is alive, very healthy, and continuing bitter melon therapy.
Other case histories exist which show similar results of sustained or
increased CD4 cell counts and/or normalization of CD4/CD8 ratio. There are
also reports that some people have experienced improved bowel movements,
weight gain, and clearing of dermatitis. The only adverse reactions
reported are diarrhea and fevers. However, there are those who claim they
received no benefit from using bitter melon extracts.
The first case history described above sparked the interest of people with
HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, triggering the formation of bitter melon support
groups. The man described above lead the support group and disseminated
information on how he administered bitter melon. One Los Angeles area
physician agreed to follow everyone in the group but discontinued due to
poor compliance and lack of results. Many people continue to use bitter
melon reporting sustained CD4 cells and CD4/CD8 ratios.
Bitter melon is available through most Filipino and/or Asian grocery
stores, and some farmers markets. Because the plant is seasonal and is
difficult to grow in the winter, it is sometimes sold frozen. The
appropriate method of administering bitter melon is to make the extract
from the fruit, vines, and leaves of the plant and either drink it as a
juice, tea or administer it as a retention enema. Some say that drinking
the juice or tea will result in the breakdown of the active components by
stomach acids, therefore a retention enema would be a more efficient route.
Therapy A: Bitter melon fruit
1. Thoroughly wash one pound of bitter melon fruit.
2. If using a juicer: Put fruit in juicer and save juice for drink or
3. If using a blender: Chop bitter melon fruit into small pieces and put
4. Add sixteen ounces (two glasses) of distilled water.
5. Blend for two minutes until liquefied.
6. Pour mixture into strainer and squeeze pulp to obtain the maximum
amount of liquid.
7. Use liquid portion for drink or enema. Use within three days.
Therapy B: Blended bitter melon leaves
1. Thoroughly wash leaves and vines of plant.
2. Pick leaves from stem and put in blender until it is three-quarters
3. Follow steps 4-7 from above.
(If using the enema approach, you may need to dilute the liquid further by
adding water. This mixture may be sensitive to the colon.)
Therapy C: Boiled bitter melon leaves and stems
1. Place one and-a-half to two pounds of thoroughly cleaned bitter melon
leaves and vines into a large pot.
2. Add one gallon of water.
3. After bringing to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately
4. Remove from heat and cool.
5. Remove leaves and vines.
6. Save liquid portion for a tea or an enema.
Bitter melon drinks should not be mixed with other juices or artificial
The suggested amount of drink or enema is twelve to sixteen ounces per day.
Combinations of drink and enema can be done. Enemas can be done several
times per day if unable to do the entire amount at one time.
If an enema is done, it must be held inside until the liquid is completely
absorbed. An enema bag or anal syringe can be used.
Bitter melon fruit, leaves, or stems should always be refrigerated before
and after processing. The boiled preparation should not be stored for
longer than two weeks. However, the stems and leaves, as well as any juice
prepared, can be frozen for an indefinite period of time.
thank you! i need to see this over and over...to remember...(i thought it was given to me once to "bring something down" it may have been something else...
I cyaan tek the bitterness...
i've been drinking this instead of taking root tonic. 'cause the last time i took the tonic i caught a cold instead of preventing one.
the tea is not too bitter. think i'll just drink it once or twice a week. i was given some wood to boil with it tho which they make the tonic out of. haven't tried that yet.
socrates cerasee can neva be too much...
my stash run out...send mi some nuh?
ya have five dollars and some change for shipping and handling?
BARBA BLACKS ->
JERKY deh a prison. his sheep are lost in the gideon looking for a new shepherd to lead them. looks like them a follow the dunce foolish liad NOOK HAND DAVE
A WHEN SINCE SERSEE GET SO MUCH WRITE UP......I REFUSE TO BUY IT (WELL NOT AGAIN SINCE THE DUTY FREE PURCHASE AT SANGSTER AIRPORT).....TOO MUCH A IT A GROW WILD PON ME LIKKLE PIECE A DIRT A YAAD.....
ME LONG FI SOME YAH NOW
Ah nuh JAMDUNG alone hab up sersee eeh nuh,it deh all bout,but dem call it odda name!!
Ah tru nuff place ah yaad hab it ah grow wild an nuh baddy nah too deal wid it!
Yow mi have de one from the bush and a de bitterest ting since molasses.
Mi no drink it.
I drink it every now and tehn to bitter my blood.....to cleanse the impurities from it. Not sure if it actually works, but that is what I grew up hearing and doing.
I grew up hearing the same thing and i believe it because most of my older relatives grow up on bush(not to president) and herbal remedies and they are still strong and healthy!!
I drink it every now and tehn to bitter my blood.....to cleanse the impurities from it. Not sure if it actually works, but that is what I grew up hearing and doing.
If you really think about it all the medicine doctors are prescribing most if not all come from simple everyday herbs blended with other substances,who knows maybe some people have lifesaving herbs in their back yards and unknowingly pull them up thinking they are just weeds
Yow mi have de one from the bush and a de bitterest ting since molasses.
Mi no drink it.
Molasses is bitter to you??
The older I get, the more I have started to rely on herbs I had as a child....getting back to the basics. It seems my mind and body was much stronger then, than it is now. Been poisoned by all the medications and foods I been eating over the past 10 years.
sursey inna di morning every mornig- if ah nuh dat ah busy----caan wrong wid dat
cerassie good fi purge u blood..............
I've been used to mint tea so the first time I had cerasee tea I wanted to
it did so bitter mi face did look like prune how I screw it up
but I guess after a while it takes some getting used to
Last edited by Mz Twizzla; 08-31-2007 at 03:31 PM.
I AM LIVING LIFE
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY?
My father drink it wid no sugar str8 yuck, I dont drink it unless my stomache is hurting badly
[quote=scorpioprincess;2163923]My father drink it wid no sugar str8
a so cerassie fi drink bitter so it purge u blood .................... balance out the amount a sweet drinks uno a drink............
Long for a cup too yes.........