The Chinese bitter melon tastes bitter. In Chinese medicine, it is of a “cool nature” (性 寒xing han). Since it is bitter, it is alkaline. It is cooked with pork, used to make soup, and now there is the bitter melon tea.
Bitter melon reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure very effectively, cleans the intestines, neutralizes stomach acidity, detoxes and cleans the liver and kidneys, and it neutralizes urine acidity. It can make cloudy urine clear and it can eliminate the “sour” smell of cloudy urine.
Although the Chinese always cook the bitter melon, it can be eaten raw. Raw bitter melon dipped in some soy sauce tastes pretty good.