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Gua Lou (Trichosanthes Fruit)

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Cold Gua Lou (Fructus Trichosanthis Kirlowii)
Sweet, Cold
Fructus Trichosanthis Kirlowii
Tone Marks:
guā lóu


  • Transforms Phlegm Heat, Clears Lung Heat
    For cough and copious, difficult to expectorate sputum due to Lung Heat
  • Unbinds the Chest
    For Xiong Bi (painful obstruction of the chest due to heat and phlegm beneath the heart), stifling sensation, distensions, constriction, pain or pressure in the diaphragm
  • Dissipates Nodules, Reduces Abscesses
    For abscesses in the lungs, intestines or breasts. Also for nodules.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases with diarrhea due Spleen and Stomach Deficiency
  • Do not use with Wu Tou
  • Do not use with drugs of the Aconitum complex

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 10-20 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 9-21 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)