Cao Dou Kou - Katsumadai, Grass Cardamon

TCM Materia Medica

Cao Dou Kou TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "cao dou kou" which in english is "katsumadai, grass cardamon", is categorized within the "aromatic herbs that transform dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the 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: 1.5-6g

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

  • Dries dampness, warms middle burner - damp-cold the spleen and stomach with abdominal distention, vomiting, diarrhea.

As noted above, cao 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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