Lu Dou - Mung Bean

TCM Materia Medica

Lu Dou TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "lu dou" which in english is Lu Dou herb"mung bean", is categorized within the "herbs that clear and relieve summerheat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and stomach channels and exhibits cool 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: 15-30g

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

  • Clears summerheat - thirst (main symptom), fever, irritability; often drunk as a tea in summertime to prevent over heating.
  • Antidote to Fu Zi.

Lu Dou may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: fever and/or irritability

As noted above, lu dou is within the herbs that clear and relieve summerheat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... summer-heat is characterized by fever, sweating, irritability, diarrhea, and/or thirst. )".

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