Cao Dou Kou – Alpinia katsumadai seed – Katsumada’s Galangal seed – “Grass Cardamom”

Nature: acrid, very warm

Enters: Spleen, Stomach

Actions: Warms the middle Jiao; promotes Qi circulation; dries dampness.

• Cold and dampness in the spleen and stomach: fullness, distention, and pain in the epigastrium and abdomen, accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea.
• This is the warmest herb in the category.
Cao dou kou is much warmer and much drier than Sha ren. For this reason, it is not usually a first choice. It is appropriate only for cold-dampness.
• When decocting, do not cook long.

Dose: 1.5-6g

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