Benefits of Balbas-bakiro
Balbas-bakiro also known as Momordica cochinchinensis (Lour.) Spreng are found in thickets and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Bontoc, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Rizal Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Camarines Provinces in Luzon and in Mindoro, Biliran, Panay, Guimaras, Camiguin de Misamis and Mindanao. This also occurs in India to China and Taiwan, through Malaya to the Moluccas.
The plant is used as aperient, abstergent, constructive and resolvent. There are certain research that suggests it may be used as anti-cancer constituent, however, it is considered more relevant to be used for resolvent and cooling.