Katsumadai Seed (Caodoukou)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Alpiniae katsumadai|
|Botanical Name:||Alpinia katsumadai Hayata|
|Common Name:||Katsumadai seed|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The yellow fruit is gathered in summer or autumn and dried in the sun. The seeds are smashed after the flesh has been peeled off.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and warm|
|Meridian:||Spleen and stomach|
|Functions:||To dry dampness and warm the spleen and stomach
To promote qi circulation
|Indications and Combinations:||Cold-damp blocking and stagnating spleen and stomach manifested as epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness, cold pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
*In cases of excessive dampness, use with magnolia bark (Houpo), Atractylodes rhizome (Cangzhu) and Pinellia tuber (Banxia).
*In cases of excessive cold, use with Cinnamon bark (Rougui) and Dried ginger (Ganjiang).