Loofah plant is also sometimes used for food and has a range of traditional medicinal uses. It is often cultivated in tropical regions of the world.
It originates in Africa and grows in other few tropical countries.
The loofah is an astringent, pain-killing herb that controls bleeding, promotes healing, improves circulation and milk flow. It acts mainly on the lungs, liver and stomach.
The fruits are boiled used internally in the treatment of rheumatism, chest pains, backache, orchitis, haemorrhoids, internal bleeding and insufficient lactation.
Externally, it is applied to shingles and boils.
The dried fruits are used as abrasive sponges in skin care to remove dead skin and stimulate the peripheral circulation.
PRECAUTIONS: Pregnant women should not take it in form of tea.