Tong Cao


Tong Cao in TCM:

Explore the properties of Tong Cao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: tetrapanax, rice paper plant pith
Pharmacuetical Name: Medulla Tetrapanacis
Properties: sweet, bland, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: LU, ST

Flavors: sweet

Special Properties:
clears heat, clears damp, promotes lactation

Actions / Indications:
  • Promotes urination; clear damp heat (damp heat PUD; edema or damp-heat warm febrile diseases; similar to Mu Tong, but less strong)
  • Promotes lactation (insufficient or lack lactation)
  • (cc: pregnancy)

    Special Notes:
  • Foods commonly used along with Tong Cao to promote lactation also include pig's feet, fish, peanuts, and papaya.