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Amomum tsao-ko Crevost et Lemaire
Tsaoko, Amomum seed
Source of Earliest Record
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The ripe fruit is gathered in autumn and dried in the sun. The seeds are collected after the carbonized fruit is broken into pieces.
Properties & Taste
Pungent and warm
Spleen and stomach
1. To dry dampness and warm spleen and stomach; 2. To relieve malaria
Indications & Combinations
1. Cold-damp blocking and stagnating spleen and stomach manifested as epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness, cold pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Tsaoko (Caoguo) is used with Magnolia bark (Houpo), Atractylodes rhizome (Cangzhu) and Pinellia tuber (Banxia).
2. Malaria. Tsaoko (Caoguo) is used with Dichroa root (Changshan) and Bupleurum root (Chaihu).
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