Bitter Gourd Medicine: Its Uses And Effects

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Bitter Gourd Medicine : Its Uses and Effects A Research Paper Presented to The Faculty of the Languages and Literature Department College of Liberal Arts De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Dasmariñas, Cavite In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Course ENGL 101-Communication Arts and Skills I Irish Coleen Agapito Whendy Almendras September 2015 MLS 1-4 Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION A. Background of the Study Bitter Gourd or also known as bitter melon is bitter on the taste buds and hence, is excluded from most meals. But this does not deprive it of certain health benefits. Known for its acquired taste, bitter gourd is also referred to as a ‘balsam pear’ or ‘bitter melon’. Similar to a cucumber in appearance, the bitter gourd is distinguished by ugly gourd-like bumps all over its body. The plant has lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and edible but bitter-tasting orange-yellow tropical fruit. It can never be mistaken for any other variety because its ribbed and wrinkled surface had always been bitter gourd’s distinct physical structure. The bitter taste of the bitter gourd fruit had also been the distinguishing factor from the rest of the fruits with medicinal value. Filipino’s are known in using herbal medicines to treat their illnesses because it is very convenient and cheap. That’s why the researchers plan to investigate the safety and effectiveness of a specific herbal medicine which is bitter gourd to be able to ensure

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