|Pharmaceutical Name:||Fructus Tsaoko|
|Botanical Name:||Amomum tsao-kko Crevost et Lemaire|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Yinshan Zhenyao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The ripe fruit is gathered in autumn and dried in the sun. The seeds are collected after the carbonized fruit is broken into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and warm|
|Meridian:||Spleen and stomach|
|Functions:||To dry dampness and warm spleen and stomach
To relieve malaria
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Cold-damp blocking and stagnating spleen and stomach manifested as epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness, cold pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
*Use with Magnolia bark (Houpo), Atractylodes rhizome (Cangzhu) and Pinellia tuber (Banxia).
*Use with Dichroa root (Changshan) and Bupleurum root (Chaihu).