Luffa cylindrica (Linn.) M. J. Roem.
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L. aegyptiaca Mill. L. pentandra Roxb.Family
Cultivated throughout greater parts of India.English
Smooth Luffa, Spongegourd, sponge Cucumber.Ayurvedic
Dhaamaargava, Mahaakoshtaki, Mahaajaalini, Raajakoshataki.Siddha/Tamil
Plant—used against pharyngitis, rhinitis, mastitis, oedema, swellings and burns. Leaves—used for chronic bronchitis. Leaf juice is given for amenorrhoea. Flowers—used for treating migraine. Seeds—alcoholic extract exhibited 9.80% fungitoxic activity.
German Commission E included Luffa aegyptiaca among unapproved herbs. Preparations of Luffa sponge, used as a preventive for infections or cold, as a remedy for colds, nasal catarrh as well as sinusitis and suppuration of the sinus, have been negatively evaluated.
The saponins isolated from aerial parts are effective in controlling obesity, also the side-effects of steroids.
The oleanane saponins, lucyoside A-H (at least one component) is ...
- Luffa cylindrica (Linn.) M. J. Roem.
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