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Semen Cucurbitae moschatae
Cucurbita moschata Duch.
Pumpkin seed and husks
Source of Earliest Record
Xiandai Shiyong Zhongyao
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
After the pumpkin ripens in summer or autumn, its seeds are removed, cleaned in water, dried in the sun and crushed into powder. Fresh seeds are also used, and, when available, they are a better choice.
Properties & Taste
Sweet and neutral
Stomach and large intestine
To kill parasites
Indications & Combinations
Tapeworm. Pumpkin seed (Nanguazi) is used with Areca seed (Binglang).
Cautions & Contraindications
In treating tapeworm, the 60-120 g of powder of the herb is taken. Two hours later, the decoction of 60-120 g Areca seed (Binglang) is taken, and then half an hour later, 15 g of Glauber's salt (Mangxiao) in decoction is taken. This method will discharge both the tapeworm and feces.
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