Bai Dou Kou - Round Cardamon Fruit, White Cardamon

TCM Materia Medica

Bai Dou Kou TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bai dou kou" which in english is "round cardamon fruit, white cardamon", is categorized within the "aromatic herbs that transform dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, aromatic and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-6g (add at end of formula)

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Transforms dampness - low appetite, greasy tongue coat, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Warms the middle warmer (stomach/spleen) and descends rebellious qi - vomiting due to cold from spleen/stomach qi deficiency or stomach cold.
  • Transforms stagnation - fullness in the chest.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, bai dou kou is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

ViewChen Xiang Hua Qi Wan (Aquilaria Qi Transforming Pills)

For spleen qi deficiency with damp heat accumulation in the lower.  The spleen system is effectively the western version of the digestive system.  The spleen is responsible for extracting the energy …

ViewHui Chun Wan (Recovery Special Pill)

Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of …

As noted above, bai dou kou is within the aromatic herbs that transform dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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