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Gua Lou Ren (Trichosanthes Seeds)

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Cold Gua Lou Ren (Semen Trichosanthis Kirlowii)
Sweet, Cold
Semen Trichosanthis Kirlowii
Tone Marks:
guā lóu rén


  • Transforms Phlegm-Heat, Moistens the Lungs, Expand the Chest
    For cough with thick, difficult to expectorate sputum and chest pain. Also for pain and stifling sensation in the chest or diaphragm due to Accumulation of Phlegm in the chest
  • Moistens the Intestines
    For dry stools and constipation due to Stomach and Large Intestine Heat or in a patter of Lung heat
  • Promotes Healing of Sores, Eliminates Pus, Dissipates Nodules
    For breast and Intestinal abscesses, sores that have not suppurated, and carbuncles.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases with nausea or loose stools due to weak Spleen
  • Do not use with Wu Tou

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 10-15 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 9-15 grams in decoction (Bensky)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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