The TCM herb "gua lou ren" which in english is "trichosanthes fruit seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, lung and stomach channels and exhibits cold (han) and sweet (gan) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Gua Lou Ren has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Gua Lou Ren may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: constipation
As noted above, gua lou ren is within the herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
(truncated intro "... used for phlegm-heat and dry-phlegm patterns - coughs, scrofula, goiters (stagnant phlegm-fire in the channel), convulsions. )".