Momordica cymbalaria

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Momordica cymbalaria
Momordica cymbalaria fruits.jpg
Momordica cymbalaria fruits
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Momordica
M. cymbalaria
Binomial name
Momordica cymbalaria
Hook.f., 1871

Luffa tuberosa (Roxb.)
Momordica tuberosa (Roxb.)

Momordica cymbalaria is a vine of the genus Momordica found in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.[1] It is a relative of the bitter melon plant (M. charantia). The plant has also been named Luffa tuberosa (Roxb.) or Momordica tuberosa (Roxb.)


Pharmacological studies have examined possible action of extracts of the plant in animal models of disease. The water extract was reported to have hypoglycemic activity in diabetic rabbits but not in normal rabbits.[2] The ethanol extract was reported to protect rats from isoproterenol-induced myocardial injury.[3]

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  1. ^ Parvathi, S.; Kumar, V. J. F. (2002). "Studies on chemical composition and utilization of the wild edible vegetable athalakkai (Momordica tuberosa)". Plant Foods for Human Nutrition. 57 (3/4): 215–222. doi:10.1023/A:1021884406024. PMID 12602930. S2CID 42850600.
  2. ^ Rao, B. K.; Kesavulu, M. M.; Giri, R.; Appa Rao, C. (1999). "Antidiabetic and hypolipidemic effects of Momordica cymbalaria Hook. Fruit powder in alloxan-diabetic rats". Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 67 (1): 103–109. doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(99)00004-5. PMID 10616966.
  3. ^ K. Raju; R. Balaraman; Vinoth Hariprasad; M. Kumar & A. Ali (2008). "Cardioprotective Effect Of Momordica Cymbalaria Fenzl In Rats With Isoproterenol-Induced Myocardial Injury". Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2 (1): 699–705.