Luffa operculata is a plant in the family Cucurbitaceae. In some cultures, young luffa fruits are eaten as vegetables.
Traditionally, an infusion from the dried fruit is taken into the nose, where it causes the release of mucus, thereby relieving many nasal symptoms.
Well-designed clinical trials in support of Luffa operculata for any use are lacking. Further research is required.

Related Terms

AirDefense®, angled loofah, buchinha-do-norte (Portuguese - Brazil), cabacinha, Cucurbitaceae (family), dammarane-type triterpene glycosides, esponjilla (Spanish - Latin America), esponjuelo (Spanish - Latin America), glucosides, isocucurbitacine B, loofa, loofah, Luffa quinquefida, Luffaschwamm (German), luperosides, Momordica operculata, neocucurbitacin A, neocucurbitacin B, opercurin A, opercurin B, pashte (Spanish), Poppya operculata, saponins, sigualuo, SinuFix Mist®, Sinusin®, wild loofa.
Note : Luffa aegyptiaca, also known as Luffa cylindrica (common name synonyms include dishcloth sponge, silky loofah, smooth loofah, sponge cucumber, vegetable sponge, and water gourd; the dried fruit is popularly used as a bath sponge) is another species of Cucurbitaceae that is not covered in this monograph.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) (Grade: C)
Limited research reports that a combination of herbs and minerals that contained
Sinusitis (Grade: C)
There is a lack of high-quality scientific evidence on the use of