Scientific name: Trichosanthes cucumerina
Origin: Asia and N Australia
Medicinal use: The plant is a source of the chemical compound trichosanthin. In addition, this plant can be used to dissolve the protein layer that protects the RNA of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In traditional Chinese medicine it is said to drain heat and generate fluids. The plant’s foot is said to be used to dissipate heat and transform phlegm, clear the chest, reduce abscesses, and dissipate nodules.
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