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Snakegourd Fruit

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Chinese Name Gualou
Latin Fructus Trichosanthis
English Name Snakegourd Fruit
Key Characteristics Herb that resolves phlegm
Source

Dried ripe fruit of Trichosanthes kirilowii Maxim. or Trichosanthes rosthornii Harms (Fam. Cucurbitaceae).

Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered

Sweet, slightly bitter, cold; Lung, Stomach, Large Intestine

Actions To remove heat and eliminate phlegm, alleviate chest pain, and to facilitate bowels movement
Indications

Cough with thick purulent sputum due to lung heat, angina pectoris and stuffiness in the chest, mastitis, lung abscess, appendicitis, constipation, in addition, used for coronary heart disease, adenofibroma of breast and herps zoster 

Precaution

It is forbidden to prescribe to those with loose stools due to deficiency in the spleen and stomach.  It is incompatible with Aconitum.

Chemical Composition

It contains triterpenoid saponin, organic acid, amino acids, etc.

   



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