Loofa (Luffa aegyptiaca)

Published September 24, 1993.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Luffaschwamm

Name of Drug

Luffa aegyptiaca, loofa, sponge cucumber.

Composition of Drug

Loofa sponge consists of the dried fiber structure of the ripe cucumber-like fruits of Luffa aegyptiaca Miller [Fam. Cucur-bitaceae], as well as preparations thereof.

Pharmacological Properties, Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology

None known.

Uses

Uses as result of evaluation:
None. Claimed uses which have been negatively evaluated:
Preparations of loofah sponge are used as a preventive for infections or colds, as a remedy for colds, nasal catarrhs, as well as sinusitis and suppuration of the sinus. The effectiveness for the claimed applications is not documented.

Risks

None known.

Evaluation

Since the effectiveness for the claimed uses is not documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.