Gohyah Tea (Bitter Melon Tea)
Momordica charantia
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Background

Gohyah, bitter melon, is a member of the squash family. The fruit of the bitter melon
looks like a prickly cucumber and has a seedy, pithy interior. The tea made from the
gohyah is suggested to have some health benefits.

Health Benefits
It is believed it may benefit people at risk or suffered from diabetes, stomach ailments,
and high lipid conditions.[2] It may show antioxidant properties and possibly support
mammals with cancers.

Scientific Evidence
There is no significant evidence that bitter melon is effective on supporting diabetic
subjects. Clinical trial data with human subjects are limited and flawed by poor study
design and low statistical power. [1, 2] Bitter melon leaf extract has been shown to inhibit
the migration and invasion of a rat prostate cancer cell line in vitro. [3] Bitter melon
(Momordica charantia) extract treatment of breast cancer cells (resulted in a significant
decrease in cell proliferation and induced apoptotic cell death. Apoptosis of breast
cancer cells was accompanied by increased poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase cleavage
and caspase activation. [4]



Commercial Products
Tra Kho Qua Gohyah Tea Bags.

Reference:
[1] Nahas R, Moher M. Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of type
2 diabetes. Can Fam Physician. 2009 Jun;55(6):591-6.
[2] Leung L, Birtwhistle R, Kotecha J, Hannah S, Cuthbertson S. Anti-diabetic and
hypoglycaemic effects of Momordica charantia (bitter melon): a mini review. Br J Nutr.
2009 Dec;102(12):1703-8.
[3] Pitchakam P et al, Momordica charantia leaf extract suppresses rat prostate cancer
progression in vitro and in vivo. Cancer Sci. 2010 Jul 6.