Pharmaceutical Latin: Pericarpium Trichosanthis
Common English: Trichosanthis Peel
Trichosanthis Husk
Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Coughing: Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
For dispersing clumps: up to 60g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears and moistens the Lungs and transforms Hot Phlegm

Phlegm-Heat in the chest, pulmonary infections

Dry cough with difficult-to-expectorate yellow sputum and a dry throat due to Wind-Heat

Regulates Qi and expands chest

Qi accumulation in the chest, stuffy chest, chest pain

Chest Bi

Early stages of breast abscess

  • Contraindicated for those with diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with Phlegm-Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with Phlegm-Dampness.
  • Incompatible with Rx. Aconiti Wu Tou.
  • Antagonizes Rz. Zingiberis Officinalis Gan Jiang.
  • Counteracts Rx. Achyranthis Bidentate Niu Xi.

Bul. Fritillariae
Bei Mu
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren

Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying

Phlegm-Heat cough due to Lung Qi clogging and binding.

Non-productive cough, or one with scanty sputum, with a stifling sen-sation in the chest and thirst in the aftermath of a febrile disease.

Early-stage breast abscess due to Phlegm-Heat. (internally and topically)

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying

Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Sp. Gleditsiae

Zao Jiao Ci

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia

Bul. Allii Macrostemi
Xie Bai
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia

Breast abscess that have already formed pus.

Xiong Bi with cough and yellow sputum.

Xiong Bi due to Cold and Damp Accumulation in the Upper Jiao.

  1. Some sources say that this herb moistens the Lungs.
  2. The earlier texts do not differentiate between this herb (the fruit), the seed Gua Lou or the husk, Gua Lou Pi.
  3. This herb is used for dry cough with difficult to expectorate Phlegm and a dry throat due to Wind-Heat. It is weaker in soothing the Intestines, moving the bowels, resolving Phlegm and disintegrating masses but stronger in relieving Stagnation in the chest.
  4. It specifically mobilizes Qi in order to unbind the diaphragm and ease the chest, transform Phlegm and disperse clumps.
  5. It also directs turbid Qi downward to be eliminated.
  6. This herb can be beneficial for a patient with Phlegm-Heat who also has loose stools.
  7. This has the best anti tumor-anticancer action of the plant.
  8. Dry-fried Trichosanthis Peel Chao Gua Lou Pi is less cold for use with cough and Phlegm that is not so Hot. If bran is added, it harmonizes the Stomach to use when there are loose stools due to Spleen Deficiency.
  9. Honey-prepared Trichosanthis Peel MI Zhi Gua Lou Pi is better at moistening the Lungs and alleviating cough and is used for Lung Yin Deficiency with chronic cough.