Luffa acutangla

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Historical Use of Luffa acutangla

Luffa acutangla in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Sigualuo

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Luffa

Specific Name  : Retinervus luffae fructus

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Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn and summer when the fruit is ripe, the pericarp turns to yellow and the inner part withered, removed from exocarp and sarcocarp, washed clean, dried in the sun and removed from the seed.

Description  : Inter-woven slivery vascular bundles, mostly prolate cylindrical, somewhat curved, 30 - 70 cm long, 7 - 10 cm in diameter. Externally pale yellowish white. Texture light, tenacious and springy, uneasily broken. 3 loculi visible, transverse section hollowed. Odour slight, taste weak.

Identification  : Removed the remained seeds and exocarp and cut into sections.

Processing  :

Action  : To remove obstruction from the collaterals, to promote blood circultion, and to dispel wind.

Indication  : arthralgia with muscular contracture; distension and pain in the chest and costal regions, glactostasis

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 4.5 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

X D Yang, G Xu, L H Song, H Zhu, X Liu, F H Li, S K Peng, Z Y Ma, H Zhou
[Comparison of radiological and clinicopathological features of craniofacial fibro-osseous lesions].
Zhonghua Bing Li Xue Za Zhi: 2020, 49(2);122-128
[PubMed:32074723] [] [DOI] (P p)

Lina Lou, Xiaojun Su, Xiaohong Liu, Zhe Liu
Transcriptome analysis of Luffa cylindrica (L.) Roem response to infection with Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV).
Gene: 2020, 737;144451
[PubMed:32035243] [] [DOI] (I a)

O O Ogunleye, A O Arinkoola, O A Eletta, O O Agbede, Y A Osho, A F Morakinyo, J O Hamed
Heliyon: 2020, 6(1);e03205
[PubMed:31989051] [] [DOI] (P e)

Maria Olga Kokornaczyk, Sandra Würtenberger, Stephan Baumgartner
Impact of succussion on pharmaceutical preparations analyzed by means of patterns from evaporated droplets.
Sci Rep: 2020, 10(1);570
[PubMed:31953459] [] [DOI] (I e)

Yu-Jen Shih, Cheng-Di Dong, Yao-Hui Huang, C P Huang
Loofah-derived activated carbon supported on nickel foam (AC/Ni) electrodes for the electro-sorption of ammonium ion from aqueous solutions.
Chemosphere: 2020, 242;125259
[PubMed:31896176] [] [DOI] (I p)



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