Luo Han Guo - Momordica Fruit

TCM Materia Medica

Luo Han Guo TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "luo han guo" which in english is "momordica fruit", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and spleen channels and exhibits neutral (ping) 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: 9-15g

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

  • Moistens and cools the lungs - hot coughs from lung yin deficiency.
  • Dissipates nodules - phlegm nodules in the neck, scrofula.

As noted above, luo han guo is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... yin tonics are generally sweet, cold, enriching and cloying. they are inappropriate for spleen or stomach deficiency, internal dampness or phlegm, abdominal distension, and/or diarrhea. general symptoms by system: lung yin defic…)".

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