Used for both cooking and in medicine, the sponge gourd has unisexual flowers that are contained in a single tree. Its ripe fruit contains a tightly woven fiber, while its flowers are found to contain glutamine, aspartic acid, arginine, lysine and alanine. Its fruits are also known to contain substances that engage in spermatisidal activity, which can be developed into a contraceptive drug.
The leaves are thought to overcome shortness of breath, amenorrhea, testicular inflammation, burns, ulcers, and snake venom. In fact, all parts of the sponge gourd are utilized in various healing/medicinal uses.
last update by M 12/7/2012