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.