Cao Dou Kou

Cao Dou Kou in TCM:

English Name: katsumadai, "Grass Cardamom"
Pharmacuetical Name: Semen Apliniae Katsumadai
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic
Explore the properties of Cao Dou Kou according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: warm
Channels: ST, SP
Flavors: aromatic, pungent
Regulates: circulates qi, disperses cold, clears damp

Actions / Indications:
  • Dries damp, warms and promotes qi movement of the middle jiao (serious damp-cold of the SP and ST with fullness, distension, pain of epigastrium and abdomen with vomit and diarrhea; also used for SP deficiency diarrhea when combined; Cao Dao Kou is the strongest to dry damp - it dries dampness directly, it does not resolve dampness)
  • (cc: yin or blood deficiency)
  • (cooking: crush and add at the end)

    Special Notes:
  • Compare to bai dou kou
  • Pharmacologically Bai Dou Kou has been shown to have antibiotic properties, and to stimulate digestion in small doses (it inhibits digestion in large doses)