Si Gua Lou


Si Gua Lou in TCM:

Explore the properties of Si Gua Lou according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: luffa fiber, luffa vegetable sponge, towel-gourd
Pharmacuetical Name: Retinervus Luffae Fructus
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU, ST, LV

Flavors: sweet

Special Properties:
clears heat, clears damp, eliminates toxins, disperses wind, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Expels wind; invigorates collaterals (damp-heat bi obstructing of channels; chest and flank soreness; pain and soreness of muscles and sinews, stiffness and numbness of joints and tendons; traumatic injury)
  • Benefits breasts; relieves toxicity (swelling / burning of breasts, breast abcess, insufficient lactation, PMS breast swelling and tenderness)
  • Dissolves Phlegm (cough w/ profuse phlegm and chest pain, mild effect for LU heat cough, pain arising from phlegm stagnation)

    Special Notes:
  • Charred Si Gua Lou stop bleeding such as hematochezia or profuse menstrual bleeding.