Botanical Name: Chaenomelis Fructus

Mu Gua

Mu Gua

Category: Dispel Wind-Dampness

Taste: Sour
Temperature: Warm
Channels: Spleen, Liver

Dosage: 6-12g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in those with internal constrained heat and scanty dark urine.  Also contraindicated in those with hyperchlorhydria.

Actions & Indications:

  • Relaxes the sinews and unblocks the channels: for damp painful obstruction in the extremities, especially with severe cramping pain, and weakness in the lower back and lower extremities.  This is one of the more effective herbs for relaxing the sinews.
  • Harmonizes the Stomach and transforms dampness: for abdominal pain, spasms, and cramping of the calves, and edema due to leg qi.  Especially useful for disharmony between the Liver and Spleen leading to leg problems.
  • Reduces food stagnation: for indigestion.  While this effect is similar to that obtained from Crataegi Fructus, it is not commonly used.