Trichosanthis Fructus

Gua Lou

Gua Lou

Cool & Transform Phlegm-Heat

Taste: sweet
Temperature: cool
Channels: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach

Dosage: 9-21g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated for those with diarrhea due to deficiency and weakness of the Spleen and Stomach. Should not be combined with drugs of the Aconitum complex.

Actions & Indications:

  • Clears heat and transforms phlegm-heat: for heat-induced coughs with sputum that is thick and difficult to expectorate. Can be ues as a stand-alone herb, especially in children.
  • Unbinds the chest and dissipates nodules: for conditions in which qi accumulates in the chest leading to a stifling or distended sensation, constriction, pain, or pressure in the diaphragm.
  • Reduces abscesses and dissipates nodules: primarily for abscesses involving the Lungs, Intestines or breast.