Gua Lou (Trichosanthes Fruit)

Gua Lou (Trichosanthes Fruit)

Herb 5 of 19 in Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat

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

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & 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

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 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)

References Used

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