Trichosanthis Semen

Gua Lou Ren

Gua Lou Ren

Category: Cool & Tranform Phlegm-Heat

Taste: sweet, salty
Temperature: cold
Channels: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach

Dosage: 9-15g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in those with a weak, deficient Spleen and either nausea or loose stools.

Actions & Indications:

  • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat cough: Both cools and moistens. Especially useful for cough with chest pain and thick, difficult-to-expectorate sputum.
  • Expands the chest: for accumulation of phlegm in the chest leading to a stifling sensation, pain or diaphragmatic pressure.
  • Moistens the Intestines: for dry constipation, especially when it appears in a pattern of Lung heat with dry mouth, thirst, and irritability.
  • Promotes healing of sores: used adjunctively for breast abscess and swelling as well as sores that have not yet suppurated.