Si Gua Luo - Dried Vegetable Sponge

TCM Materia Medica

Si Gua Luo TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "si gua luo" which in english is "dried vegetable sponge", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, lung and stomach 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: 6-12g

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

  • Expels wind, invigorates the channels - damp heat obstructing the channels and muscles causing sore chest and flank areas, sore muscles and sinews, stiff joints, traumatic injury, breast abscess.
  • Expels phlegm - cough due to lung heat with high fever, chest pain, sticky sputum.
  • Expels summer heat, promotes urination.
  • Swollen-painful breasts, insufficient lactation.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, si gua luo is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewXiao Huo Luo Wan (Minor Invigorate Channels Pills)

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As noted above, si gua luo is within the herbs that invigorate blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for blood stasis - pain, abscesses and ulcers, abdominal masses. )".

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