Mu Gua


Mu Gua in TCM:

Explore the properties of Mu Gua according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: chaenomeles, papaya
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Chaenomelis
Properties: sour, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: SP, LV

Flavors: sour

Special Properties:
clears damp, disperses wind, resolves food stagnation, alleviates bi syndrome

Actions / Indications:
  • Relaxes sinews; opens channels (wind damp bi in extremities; weak and atrophied muscles; swollen joints; cramping and weakness in back and lower extremities, cramping of calves and edema due to leg qi)
  • Harmonizes Stomach; resolves damp (abdominal pain; spasms due to excessive vomiting or diarrhea)
  • Reduces food stagnation (poor appetite; fullness; epigastric distension - stimulates gastric juice secretion)
  • (cc: caution w/ stomach acidity)

    Special Notes:
  • Mu Gua contains digestive enzymes which can help to control diarrhea by binding the intestines (especially for patients with weak digestion who get diarrhea immediately after consumption of greasy, cold or raw foods.
  • Degenerative Gastritis: Mu Gua has been used because of its sour taste to help restore the function of astrophy of the gastric glands (to promote gastric juice secretion).

  • (cc: caution w/ stomach acidity)