Ampalaya for Pimples
Getting pimples is no simple matter, especially for teenagers who have yet to get used to the changes their skin undergo as they grow up. However, teens and other people who want to have or maintain beautiful skin may find an unlikely ally in everyone’s favorite ampalaya.
Ampalaya, also known as Momordica charantia or bitter melon, is a vine widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Carribean, particularly for its edible yet bitter fruit. The fruit itself is used as an ingredient in salads, stews, and other viands. For example, ampalaya is a main ingredient in pinakbet, a vegetable stew popular in the Ilocos region. It can also be sauteed with scrambled eggs and tomatoes to make for an inexpensive dish.
Aside from its culinary uses, ampalaya is known in folk medicine for its healing properties. The most popular use of ampalaya in alternative medicine is as a supplement for people suffering from diabetes. Research has shown that ampalaya increases the production of pancreatic beta cells, thus helping in the production of insulin, which controls the blood sugar in diabetics.
While most people get the ampalaya’s health benefits from eating its fruit, some also use the ampalaya leaves as medicine. The leaves are pounded to extract its sap, or ground into powder. Sometimes, the leaves are boiled to make tea, or used as an astringent.
One of the most well-known medicinal uses of ampalaya is to prevent and treat skin problems such as pimples. The folk belief is that eating ampalaya improves complexion, giving someone smoother, whiter skin. That’s because the ampalaya sap or juice is said to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
A popular advice is to use ampalaya extract to treat an onset of pimples. First, wash your face with soap or facial wash. Then, rinse and dry the face. After that, apply a layer of ampalaya extract, and let it rest on your face for about fifteen minutes before rinsing again. Washing your face with ampalaya is expected to be done once a day to keep the skin glowing and healthy.
Other known health benefits of ampalaya include reducing the risk of cancer, suppressing HIV/AIDS, providing antioxidants that boost the immune system, relieving chronic cough and asthma, promoting healing of wounds, aiding in digestion and weight loss, and relieving constipation.
Scientists are still discovering and proving the benefits of ampalaya. Regardless, a folk medicine such as ampalaya is an inexpensive, delicious (your mileage may vary) way to in improve health, and perhaps, stay beautiful.
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