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Gua Lou Gen

Trichosanthes Root | 栝蔞根
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SKU T6110

Ingredient: Trichosanthes root (gua lou gen) (tian hua fen).

Mandarin: 栝樓根 (天花粉)
Pin-Yin: Gua Lou Gen
English: Trichosanthes Root
Korean: 곡아
Romaji: Karokon
Kanji: 栝楼根
Kampo: No

Pharmaceutical Name:

  • Trichosanthis Radix


  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica (Bensky et al.)


  • Bitter, slightly sweet, cold

Channels Entered:

  • Lung, stomach

Herb Actions:

  • Drains heat and generates fluids
  • Clears and drains lung heat
  • Transforms phlegm, and moistens lungs
  • Resolves toxicity and expels pus


  • Use with caution for those with cold from deficiency of the spleen and stomach
  • Not recommended to be combined with herbs from the genus Aconitrum


Commonly Found In:

  • Fritillaria & Trichosanthes Formula; Bupleurum, Cinnamon & Ginger Combination; Forsythia & Laminaria Combination; Angelica & Mastic Combination

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