Trichosanthes – Gua Lou (Fructus Trichosanthis)

gualouSource: Gua Lou – the mature fruit of Trichosanthes kirilouii Maxim. or several species of the same genus, family Cucurbitaceae.

Function: Gua Lou clears lung-heat and resolves phlegm, eases the chest and disperses lumps, lubricates the intestines and relaxes the bowels.

Application: Gua Lou is used for cough with thick sputum, oppression or pain in the chest and constipation due to dryness of the intestines.