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LUFFA ACUTANGULA

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(Linn.) Roxb. var. amara (Roxb.) C. B. Clarke.

Family ► Cucurbitaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India.

English ► Ribbed or Ridged Gourd (bitter var.).

Ayurvedic ► Katukoshataki, Tik- takoshtaki.

Action ► Plant—purgative, diuretic. Used for oedema, splenic enlargement, cough and asthma. Seeds— emetic, expectorant.

The plant contains the oleanane type triterpene saponins. It is reported to exhibit antitumour activity.

The fruit juice is used as a homoeopathic drug in hepatic congestion, irritation and inflammation of gastric mucosa.

Dosage ► Leaf, fruit, root—10-20 ml juice. (CCRAS.)

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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