The TCM herb "gua lou" which in english is "trichosanthes fruit", 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 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gua lou is generally included in the following 1 formula:
Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and possible fullness of the chest due to damp heat accumulation in the lungs.
As noted above, gua lou 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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