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Gua Lou Pi (Trichosanthes Peel, Snake Gourd Peel)

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Cold Gua Lou Pi (Pericarpium Trichosanthis Kirlowii)
Sweet, Cold
Pericarpium Trichosanthis Kirlowii
Tone Marks:
guā lóu pí
Alt Names:
Yao Gua


  • Transforms Phlegm Heat, Regulates Qi and Expands Chest
    For cough that is dry or with difficult to expectorate sputum, dyspnea, chest congestion, chest pain that is worse with pressure, yellow sputum, wheezing, dry throat, early stages of breast abscesses, and clumping in the chest.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency
  • Do not use with Wu Tou

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 6-12 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 6-12 grams in decoction (Bensky)

This herb is incompatible with:
  • Fu Zi (Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli)
  • Cao Wu (Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii Preparata)
  • Chuan Wu (Radix Aconiti Preparata)