Gua Lou Ren - Trichosanthes Fruit Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Gua Lou Ren TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "gua lou ren" which in english is Gua Lou Ren herb"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:

  • Dosage: 9-12g

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

  • (See Gua Lou) - clears and transforms phlegm-heat, expands the chest.
  • Moistens the intestines - constipation due to dryness along with other heat signs.
  • Expels pus and promotes healing of sores (mastitis) - an adjunctive herb.

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. )".

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