Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Cucurbitae Moschatae
Common English: Pumpkin Seeds and Husks
Red Squash Seed
Cushaw Seeds
Herbs that Expel Parasites (Anthelmintics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tapeworm: 60-120g
Schistosomiasis: 120-200g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Expels parasites and alleviates pain

Tapeworms, roundworms, threadworms, Blood flukes and schistosomiasis (used as a stand-alone herb)

Benefits postpartum fluid metabolism

Insufficient lactation

Postpartum swelling of the hands and feet

  • Excessive consumption clogs the Qi and blocks the diaphragm.

Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang

Sm. Juglandis
Hu Tao Ren

Dislodges and expels tapeworms

Parasites in patients showing signs of malnutrition


  1. This herb is a modern addition to the pharmacopoeia.
  2. The pedicle of the plant is used for sores and burns.
  3. Use 120 to 200g of Nan Gua Zi alone for schistosomiasis.
  4. Usually 60-120g of powdered Nan Gua Zi is taken with water, followed two hours later by a decoction of 60-120g of Sm. Arecae Bing Lang and thirty minutes later by 15g of Natrii Sulfas Mang Xiao taken with water.
  5. Some sources say that this herb harmonizes the Stomach and Spleen, promotes the flow of Qi, kills intestinal parasites, nourishes and moistens, removes Heat and promotes urination to treat diabetes, cestodiasis, ascariasis and postpartum edema of the hands and feet.
  6. One source says not to confuse Red Squash seed with Pumpkin seeds which treat prostatic hypertrophy.