Investigation of the traditional uses of Momordica charantia (Cucurbitaceae) showed that it is one of the most important local medicinal plant both for ritual and ethnomedical practices. On this pretext, the present research focused on the ethno-medicinal uses of Momordica charantia in Gadau town, Itas/Gadau local government area of Bauchi state. Specifically, the study dwells on how Momordica charantia is used in the treatment of gastrointestinal problems, skin afflictions, malaria fever and other viral diseases. Interviews were conducted informally with village inhabitants and trado-medical vendors and practitioners. Based on the responses received, 82% of the respondents agreed that Momordica charantia can cure gastrointestinal problems, while 18% disagree. Also, 64% of the respondents support the use of Momordica charantia as a remedy for treatment viral diseases, while 36% argued otherwise. In addition, 68% agreed Momordica charantia is used as a cure for skin affliction, while 32% provide contrary view. On Momordica charantia as a cure for malaria fever, 50% respondents agreed while 50% disagree. Based on these findings, the study suggest the use of Momordica charantia in clinical trials for treating gastrointestinal problems, skin afflictions, malaria fever and other viral diseases such as chickenpox and measles.
Ethno-medicinal, Traditional and Remedy