Local name: Ampalaya, Paliya
A popular climbing vine having tendrils of which can grow up to 20 centimeters long. This plant is largely used in the country as a staple viand and is also known for the bitter taste of its flesh when eaten.
Throughout the ages, Ampalaya has been used to treat ailments but it has gained reputation in the treatment of Diabetes. Its fruit contains momorcidin, certain flavanoids and alkaloids with which the effect on diabetic patients, is that their pancreas produce more insulin to control blood sugar effectively. Its fruit is also a potent source of Vitamins and minerals particularly: A, B, C, Iron, Folic Acid, Phosphorous and Calcium.
Ampalaya has long been used in the country for the treatment of skin diseases, as parasiticide, antipyretic, purgative, treatment of cough to even increase sterility in women.
The Philippines’ Department of Health has recently recognized and endorsed Ampalaya as an alternative medicine for Diabetes.