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Title: Oral hypoglycaemic effects of Momordica dioica in the rat
Authors: Fernandopulle, B.M.R.
Karunanayake, E.H.
Ratnasooriya, W.D.
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: Med. Sci. Res., 1994; 22, 137-139
Abstract: Traditionally, the fruit extract of Momordica charantia L. (family: Cucurbitaceae; genus: Momordica) is widely used in Asia and Australasia to treat diabetes meliitus [1]. Another cucurbit, M. foetida, is used for the same purpose in West Africa [1]. M. charantia has been scientifically evaluated in many parts of the world, both in animals [2-4] and humans [5-7] and proven to have beneficial hypoglycaemic activity, A wild relative of M. charantia, named M. dioica (Sinhalese; Thumba karawila, Tamil- Palupalagakalungai or Thumbai), is found in the dry low country regions of Sri Lanka [7], Although there is a strong possibility that M. dioica may also possess such activity- it has not yet been scientifically evaluated. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the oral hypoglycaemia activity of the fruit extract of M . dioica in rats.
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