Tong Cao - Rice Paper Pith

TCM Materia Medica

Tong Cao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tong cao" which in english is "rice paper pith", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the 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: 3-6g

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

  • Promotes urination and clears heat - for damp warm febrile disease or damp-heat lin.
  • Promotes lactation.

As noted above, tong cao is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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