Cao Dou Kou - Aromatics that Transform Damp
SP, ST (5-10g)


Cao Dou Kou - The Cow Dao Cow

The Cow Dao Cow was worshipped by all cows. When the cows needed rain they became SO energetic from drinking hot chocolate with CRUSHED cardamom.

To learn the secret of the Cao Dou Kou would require over-studying (cc: yin or blood deficiency) so don't even try it!

English Name: katsumadai, "Grass Cardamom"
Pharmacuetical Name: Semen Apliniae Katsumadai
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic

Explanation of Key Words in this story...
rain... SO energetic... hot chocolate dries damp; warms and promotes qi movement in the middle jiao
CRUSHED cooking: crush and add near the end


      Cao Dou Kou Actions and Indications
  • Dries damp, warms and promotes qi movement of the middle jiao (serious damp-cold of the SP and ST with fullness, distension, pain of epigastrium and abdomen with vomit and diarrhea; also used for SP deficiency diarrhea when combined; Cao Dao Kou is the strongest to dry damp - it dries dampness directly, it does not resolve dampness)
  • (cc: yin or blood deficiency)
  • (cooking: crush and add at the end)
    Special Notes:
  • Compare to bai dou kou
  • Pharmacologically Bai Dou Kou has been shown to have antibiotic properties, and to stimulate digestion in small doses (it inhibits digestion in large doses)

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