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Most Common Name:Bitter Apple
Botanical Name:Citrullus Colocynthus
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.

The 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 recommended

Warning

As 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

We 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.

Side effects of this herb could be too severe for personal safety

Any 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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Properties, or in treatment of:

Drastic purgative  
   
   

 

Constituents:

Below 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.

 
  

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

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We 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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What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

 

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