Luffa cylindrica

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Historical Use of Luffa cylindrica

Luffa cylindrica 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

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;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)

Tao Zhang, Xuyan Ren, Zhao Zhang, Yao Ming, Zhe Yang, Jianbin Hu, Shengli Li, Yong Wang, Shouru Sun, Kaile Sun, Fengzhi Piao, Zhiqiang Sun
Long-read sequencing and de novo assembly of the Luffa cylindrica (L.) Roem. genome.
Mol Ecol Resour: 2019;
[PubMed:31869503] [] [DOI] (I a)

Sapna Nehra, Sapna Raghav, Dinesh Kumar
Biomaterial functionalized cerium nanocomposite for removal of fluoride using central composite design optimization study.
Environ. Pollut.: 2019, 258;113773
[PubMed:31864079] [] [DOI] (I a)

Ioanna Liatsou, Ioannis Pashalidis, Carsten Dosche
Cu(II) adsorption on 2-thiouracil-modified Luffa cylindrica biochar fibres from artificial and real samples, and competition reactions with U(VI).
J. Hazard. Mater.: 2020, 383;120950
[PubMed:31541960] [] [DOI] (I p)



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