The TCM herb "xi gua" which in english is "watermelon", is categorized within the "herbs that clear and relieve summerheat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, stomach and urinary bladder 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:
As noted above, xi gua 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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