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Cao Guo (Tsaoko Fruit)

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Warm Cao Guo (Fructus Amomi Tsao-ko)
Spicy, Warm
Fructus Amomi Tsao-ko
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căo guŏ
Grass Fruit


  • Dries Dampness and Warms the Middle Jiao
    For Damp and Cold accumulation in the Spleen and Stomach with symptoms such as abdominal fullness and pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and a greasy tongue coating.
  • Treats Malarial Disorders
    For Malaria due to cold and dampness with symptoms such as intermittent chills and fever.
  • Dissipates Heat Accumulation
    For fullness and pain due to heat stagnation.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of Qi or Blood Deficiency.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 3-6 grams


  • Cao Dou Kou and Cao Guo both warm the middle and dry damp, Cao Dou Kou however, is slightly stronger.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: