Also known as celestial gourd , celestial melon, honeydew melon, cloth melon, celestial melon, pure sun melon, pour sun melon, water melon, succulent melon, glutinous melon, wild melon and cotton melon. Loofah is the fresh and tender fruit of the gourd plant loofah or Cantonese loofah. It is also called hanging gourd. It is native to Nanyang. It was introduced to China in the Ming Dynasty and became a popular vegetable. Loofah has the highest medicinal value and can be used as medicine throughout the body. The various nutrients contained in loofah are higher in melon foods, and special substances such as saponins, bitterness, mucus, xylon, citrulline, xylan and interferon have certain special effects.