The ultimate use of ampalaya seed is for propagation. Propagators need to secure good quality seeds for the next planting season. It can be bought from seed companies to ensure the breed purity. However, an excess seeds can be use for other purposes.
Uses and Health Benefits:
1) Crevost and Petelot stated that the seeds with oil can be employed as a cosmetic.
2) Dalziel reports that the root is sometimes used as an ingredient in aphrodisiac prescriptions and, along with the fruit or seeds, is also used as an abortifacient, as well as a remedy for urethral discharges.
Warning!: Abortifacient – a drug (or other chemical agent) that causes abortion. Pregnant women should never take it.
3) Perrot and Hurrier mention that in Indo-China the seeds are employed with success in dysentery – an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea.
4) Stuart reports that the seeds benefit the breath and invigorate the male principle.
5) Dalziel quotes Freise [Aoth, Zeit. 44 (1929) 1480], who says that the seeds are used in Brazil as an anthelmintic. Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk state that the anthelmintic action of the seeds is to reside in the embryo. Anthelmintic – a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms.
6) Can be used as purgative. The seeds yield 32 per cent of purgative oil. Purgative – a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
7) According to Yumiko Yasui ampalaya seeds has linolenic acid that can kill color cancer.
8) The seed also contain Polypeptide-p, a plant insulin that helps diabetic patients.
9) For production of coffee and polvoron.
items 1-6 are compiled by bureau of plant and industry