Friday, July 16, 2010


My own investigations show that scientific tests are now validating the practices of our ancestors. As a herbal educator, my dream is to see our people empower themselves to take care of their bodies by accepting the help of our silent doctors.

Momordica charantia is the botanical name for cerasee, a powerful 'cure-all' which seems to have disappeared from the Barbados landscape but is still native to Jamaica. Cerasee was used traditionally to treat colds, skin conditions, fevers and diabetes. Jamaican research has confirmed that in addition to the predictable glut of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and aromatic oils, the cerasee plants are also rich in therapeutic agents. The fruit extracts in particular, contained insulin-like compounds, HIV-inhibiting proteins, laxative saponins, bitter alkaloids. Cerasee juice and infusions have also been found to be effective in reducing blood sugar.

n Aruba, cerasee tea is brewed to treat hypertension; in Honduras, it is used as a cleanser and for colds and fever. In India, the plant is used for scabies, psoriasis and other skin diseases. Recently in China, cerasee attained recognition as a mono-herbal medicine for diabetes mellitus. tea is used as a remedy for colitis, liver complaints, fever and as a skin lotion. A tea of the root is used to expel kidney stones. In India, the green, unripe fruits are soaked in water and cooked in curry and other dishes. The juice of the ripe fruit, which contains valuable enzymes and minerals, is taken for diabetes.

Researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine have found an element, known as GUANYLATE CYCLASE in the ripe fruit that has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer caused by chemicals. Cerasee is also being studied at the Sloan-Kettering Institute as a possible cure for leukemia.


1. Rashan Abdul Hakim, Basic Herbs and Healing, 1989.

2. "Bitter Melon, Diabetics in Asia have used this tropical fruit for centuries." Allen Price Natural

Bless Our Island Lands!

Bless Our Island Lands!

Bless Our Island Lands!


fatbellybella said...

The island lands are the incubators to the world. What riddim was that on the songs at the end? Hot fire and a good read on Cerasee. I pack it in my bags all the time. Its really bitter though so a word of advice, use a lickle bit! Tweet me the info about the songs in a direct message or something here ( ) keep on surviving!.

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