Chinese Herb: Cao Dou Kou (Katsumada's Galangal Seeds), Semen Alpiniae Katsumadai

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Chinese Herb: Cao Dou Kou (Katsumada's Galangal Seeds), Semen Alpiniae Katsumadai

Herb 3 of 8 in Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness

Warm Cao Dou Kou (Semen Alpiniae Katsumadai)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin:
Semen Alpiniae Katsumadai
Chinese:
草豆蔻
Tone Marks:
căo dòu kòu
Translation:
Grass Cardamom

Chinese Herb Actions

  • Warms the Middle Jiao and Dries Dampness
    For Damp and Cold in the Middle Jiao (SP/ST) with symptoms such as fullness, pain, and cold in the abdomen, vomiting (usually of clear fluids), loose stool or diarrhea, low appetite, and a greasy white tongue coating.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of Blood or Yin Deficiency

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-6 grams

Chinese Herb Notes

  • As Cao Dou Kou is aromatic, it should be added at the end of an herbal decoction.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.