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Bitter cucumber CANNOT cure cancer, cysts: Medical Department


The Department of Medical Services has dismissed the rumour that bitter cucumber, a Thai herb, can cure cancers as well as tumours and cysts.

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“There are only three ways to treat cancers: surgery, chemical treatment and radiation,” department director-general Dr Somsak Akksilp said. “Bitter cucumber, or momordica charantia L, while being high in antioxidants that could prevent cancer, has no effect on cancer itself and therefore cannot be used to treat cancer patients. There is also no conclusive proof that the vegetable is effective in treating tumours or cysts.”
Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants interact with and stabilise free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause.
“Also, do not believe the rumour that drinking boiled water from bitter cucumber can cure cancer, as using unconfirmed treatments may adversely affect the success chance of modern treatment,” he added.
Meanwhile, National Cancer Institute director Dr Jinda Rojanamethin said that “although herbal vegetables are generally good for your health, cancer patients, especially those under intense treatment, must control their diet and avoid eating too much of anything.”

Bitter cucumber CANNOT cure cancer, cysts: Medical Department

Published : June 23, 2020

By : THE NATION