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Dong Gua Pi (Winter Melon Peel, Wax Gourd Peel)

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Cool Dong Gua Pi (Exocarpium Benincasae)
Channels:
LU, SI
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Cool
Latin:
Exocarpium Benincasae
Chinese:
冬瓜皮
Tone Marks:
dōng guā pí

Actions

  • Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Reduces Edema and Swelling
    For edema usually due to damp heat, abdominal distention, urinary difficulty and summer heat disorders.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • None Noted

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted

Dosage

  • 15-30 grams in decoction 12
  • 15-30 grams in decoction 13

Notes

  • Dong Gua Pi has a mild harmonizing effect and is usually used with other herbs that promote urination and clear heat

Clinical Studies and Research

  • Anti-angiogenic effect of the seed extract of Benincasa hispida Cogniaux.
    J Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Mar 21;97(3):509-13.
  • Antioxidant and angiotension-converting enzyme inhibition capacities of various parts of Benincasa hispida (wax gourd).
    Nahrung. 2004 Jun;48(3):230-3.
  • Extracts of Benincasa hispida prevent development of experimental ulcers.
    J Ethnopharmacol. 2001 Dec;78(2-3):159-64.