Cerasee, a traditional treatment for diabetes. Studies in normal and streptozotocin diabetic mice

Diabetes Res. 1985 Mar;2(2):81-4.


Cerasee, a wild variety of Momordica charantia is traditionally prepared as a tea for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in the West Indies and Central America. To investigate a possible hypoglycaemic effect, concentrated aqueous extracts of cerasee were administered to normal and streptozotocin diabetic mice. In normal mice, intraperitoneal administration of cerasee improved glucose tolerance after 8 hr, and in streptozotocin diabetic mice the level of hyperglycaemia was reduced by 50% after 5 hr. Chronic oral administration of cerasee to normal mice for 13 days improved glucose tolerance. The cerasee extracts did not significantly alter plasma insulin concentrations, suggesting that cerasee may exert an extrapancreatic effect to promote glucose disposal.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / drug therapy*
  • Eating / drug effects
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / pharmacology
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Injections, Intraperitoneal
  • Insulin / blood
  • Medicine, Traditional
  • Mice
  • Momordica charantia*
  • Plant Extracts
  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Blood Glucose
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin
  • Plant Extracts
  • cerasee tea