Medicinal Herbs, Foundation for Medicine: Luffa

While herbs grow around us, most of us rarely stop looking at the benefits a particular plant can bring. I have to admire the past Chinese wise men who have spent their time observing and experimenting with herbs. Their observations have brought us to a number of herbal pharmacies that contain hundreds of herbs. While most of the documented herbs are rarely used, we still have a lot of information at our disposal.

One of the herbs that most of us have seen but not taken into consideration in the medical context is readily available in most natural food stores and even pharmacies. It may be unusual to note that it is never found in plant parts as you would expect, but near the cosmetic section. Furthermore, most people use bathing. Did you think? If you said the Luffa sponge is right!

Most Western herbal books do not include the Luffa (botanical name: luffa cylindrica) in it. However, Orient is recognized for its medicinal properties and is a Thermal and Blood Chiller Herb. Herbs in this group generally treat bleeding symptoms such as nosebleeds, blood coughs, petechiae, ecchymosis and delirium. In traditional eastern medicine, heat is said to induce 'reckless motion' in the blood. This can result in you leaving normal roads, arteries and veins, and giving you the symptoms listed above. In eastern medicine, cooling the blood refers to the shrinking or hemostatic properties of the herbs. This does not literally suggest a reduction in blood temperature.

The whole Luffa plant can be used. Here are two main activities of the "sponge" section:

1. Find Qi and resolve the stagnation of channels. Luffa deals with problems such as sub-pain, arthritis and edema.

2nd Cool blood and stop bleeding. It treats bleeding in the lower part of the body, such as blood in the stool or bleeding.

These are the traditional actions. Recently, Luffa has been used to promote lactation in lactating mothers. When using Luffa, the usual dose is 6-12 grams. He's preparing tea to drink.

When the Luffa grows, it can access other parts of the plant that have independent properties. Grapes are primarily used to treat cough, bronchitis, rhinitis and sinusitis. The letter can be used both internally and externally. Inside detoxifies. This suggests that they are used for skin infections such as boiling, carbuncles or furuncles. If the leaf is used externally, it stops bleeding. Recently, the leaf has been used to treat pemphigus, an autoimmune skin disease that resembles herpes. In general, the prognosis is bad, but modern medicine tries to treat steroids that can have serious side effects.

We can see that the Luffa plant has more value than it is used for bathing. It is also a good example that different parts of a plant have different activities and can be used for many different problems.

It is important to note that medical use of herbs should be based on the examination of individual patients. It is best to have professional advice, such as visiting an authorized acupuncturist for specific recommendations.



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