Gua Lou Pi / Gua Lou Shi / Gua Lou Ren - Transform Phlegm Heat
LU, ST, LI (10-20g)

Story of the snakegourd brothers - Pi, Shi, and Ren

All three snakegourd brothers grew up in a hot temperate swamp (phlegm heat) and suffered from clumps, abcess, and swellings. Ren developed dry constipation later in life, but Pi / Ke "the piper" loved to sing to expand his chest.

Eventually Pi had to stop drinking robitussin because he wasn't careful and got (cc: cold from deficiency)

English Name: trichosanthes fruit, snake gourd fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Thricosanthis
Properties: sweet, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
hot temperate swamp clears heat; transforms phlegm
clumps, abcess, and swellings treats abcess, reduces swelling, dissipates clumps
dry constipation moistens intestines
sing to expand his chest expands chest; relieves chest bi

      Gua Lou Actions and Indications
  • Clears heat and transforms phlegm (Pi / Ke, Shi, Ren) (heat in LU; cough with thick sputum that is difficult to expectorate)
  • Treats abcess; reduces swellings; dissapates clumps (Pi / Ke, Shi, Ren) (abcess of LU, breasts, intestines, carbuncles, breast tenderness, and swelling)
  • Expands chest; Relieves chest bi (Pi / Ke) (painful obstruction of chest due to phlegm turbidity; modern use for coronary artery disease)
  • moistens intestines (Ren) (dry constipation)
  • (cc: cold from deficiency)
  • (note: incompatible with wu tou, fu zi)
    Special Notes:
  • In earlier times Gua Lou was used as a whole fruit, but today the individual parts have different functions.

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