Cao Guo - Aromatics that Transform Damp
SP, ST (1.5-6g)


Cao Guo -The Cow got Malaria from the Goat

The Cow got Malaria from the Goat, who drank hot chocolate when rain flooded the land and dissolved stagnations.

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

English Name: tsaoko fruit "grass fruit"
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Tsaoko
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic

Explanation of Key Words in this story...
hot chocolate... strong rain... dissolved stagnations warms middle jiao, strong to dry damp, dissolves stagnation
malaria checks malarial disorders


      Cao Guo Actions and Indications
  • Strong to dry damp, warms middle jiao, dissolves stagnation (damp-cold obstructing SP and ST; food stagnation; epigastric or abdominal distension, fullness, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; T: greasy)
  • Checks malarial disorders (intermittent chills and fevers associated with malaria, especially due to damp-cold or turbid damp)
  • (cc: yin and blood deficiency)
  • (cooking: remove the shells and crush the kernel)
    Special Notes:
  • Cao Guo has been shown to have antibiotic, antitussive, expectorant, and antiasthmatic properties.
  • Compared to Cao Dou Kou, Cau Guo is similar but slightly weaker.

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