|Most Common Name:||Bitter
|Also Known As
(other names):||Bitter Cucumber, Colocynth|
The best Bitter Apple fruit comes from Jaffa although the plant is grown from
Palestine to the Mediterranean shore.
The seeds of the Bitter Apple,
although regarded as high in nutrients, is not used for medicinal purposes. Only
the pulp of the Bitter Apple is harvested and used in medicinal prparations.
use of this herb has reduced considerably in more modern times because it is a
very drastic purgative and has very little other application other than
homeopathy. A rather small dose of this herb can and will cause dramatic and
painful cramps of the intestine, often accompanied with internal haemorrhage.
Any significant dose will often cause death.
This herb is not
there are many other herbs that will render the same or better benefits we do
not recommend the use of this herb. We have included it on our pages in the
interest of completeness only.|
For other herbs that will address your specific
symptoms or complaints please go to our Symptoms
Directory where we list the most common complaints, diseases, symptoms and
affects with links to all the herb pages that address these.
The reasons why we do not recommend this particular herb could be
one or more of the following reasons:
It is poisonous and/or contains toxins
believe that it has no effect
Dosage is hard to determine and in some
cases the therapeutic dose may be too close to the toxic dose.
effects of this herb could be too severe for personal safety
significant dosage of this herb could be fatal.
If you still believe that
only this herb can address the complaint that you have we insist that you
discuss it in detail with your doctor and heed his or her advice.
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or in treatment of:
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we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as
continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we
also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and
side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between
constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these
vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above
with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.|
Cucurbitacins: A triterpenoid with dramatic cathartic purgative
effect. A toxic and dangerous substance.
Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments
found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In
plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as
antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and
yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.
Laboratory experiments have been
conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory
system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental
stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free
radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral,
anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been
determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a
component of this herb.
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do not use if:
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at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies
and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in
certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we
will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.|
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