12 Health Benefits of Ampalaya Leaves

My father is growing ampalaya vine. He usually gather the young shoots – only those the grow near the plant base. Young ampalaya leaves are popular as vegetable dish ingredients.

Ampalaya leaves are more than just vegetables, anyone can get more benefits out of these bitter commodity:

1) The decoction of the leaves is used as a stomachic – relating to stomach problems e.g.diarrhoea. The recommended intake is one teaspoon of ground ampalaya leaves three times a day.

2) The leaves is used as antipyretic – medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever

3) The whole plant, pulverized, is a good specific externally applied in leprosy and malignant ulcers. Malignant – dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth.

4) The leaves are pound and apply to certain skin disease. Can also be applied to burns and scalds.

5) The leaves are applied as a poultice for headaches. Poultice – a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation.

6) Watt says that an infusion of the leaves acts as a febrifuge – lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever.

7) The leaves are administered as an anthelmintic (capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms) and are applied externally in leprosy.

8) The juice of the fresh leaves acts as a mild purgative – stimulates evacuation of the bowels – for children.

10) Aids in treatment of diabetes mellitus.

11) Boiled leaves and a decoction of the plant itself equally often to promote the lochiae. lochiae (lochia) substance discharged from the vagina (cellular debris and mucus and blood) that gradually decreases in amount during the weeks following childbirth.

12) The sweetened decoction of the leaves is considered a powerful emmenagogue (promotes menstrual discharge), and an effective vermifuge (causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms).


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