INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Amomi Rotundus
Common English: Round Cardamon
Cardamon Cluster
Amomum
Aromatic Herbs that Transform Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
Aromatic
Warm
Lung
Spleen
Stomach
2-10g
Powder: 1.5-5g
tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Promotes the movement of Qi, aromatically transforms Dampness and strengthens the Stomach

Dampness Obstructing the Middle Jiao and Damp-Warmth (a stifling sensation in the chest, fullness in the epigastrium, anorexia and a very greasy tongue coat)

Warms the Middle Jiao, descends Qi and stops vomiting

Vomiting due to Spleen and Stomach, Deficiency Cold, Spleen and Stomach Cold, Cold Dampness and Food Stagnation

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin or Blood Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with nausea and vomiting not due to Cold or Yang Deficiency.
  • Use caution when there is no Cold-Damp.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi

Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren
Sm. Coicis
Yi Yi Ren
(Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis)
(Hou Po)

Fullness and a stifling sensation in the chest, epigastric pain and fullness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and a thick tongue coat due to Qi Obstruction from Cold-Dampness

 

Fullness and discomfort in the chest and abdomen, belching, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiencies with turbid Dampness Accumulation

Headache, stifling sensations in the chest, fatigue, dark, scanty urine, diarrhea, and usually with a white, greasy tongue coat as in the early stages of a warm febrile disease

Exterior syndrome with more Dampness than Heat

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Talcum
Hua Shi
Scl. Polypori
Zhu Ling

Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis
Hou Po
Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu

Hb. Pogostemonis/Agastaches
Huo Xiang
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi
Ban Xia

Damp-Warm febrile disease in the Middle Jiao with recurrent fevers, dark, scanty urination, a yellow tongue coat and body aches

Exterior syndrome with more Heat than dampness

Distention due to Qi Stagnation or Cold-Damp in the Spleen and Stomach

Nausea, vomiting, epigastric discomfort, and anorexia due to either Cold-Damp or Food Stagnation

Flos Caryophylli
Ding Xiang

Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis
Hou Po
Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu

Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi

Belching due to Stomach Cold

Powdered and placed inside an infants mouth for spitting up od milk

Dampness Accumulation in the Middle Jiao

  1. Some sources say that this herb transforms Stagnation, digests food and relieves alcohol intoxication.
  2. It is often used with Fr. Amomi Sha Ren for pain and distention of the abdomen with vomiting and diarrhea. Sha Ren is better for problems of the Middle and Lower Jiaos such as diarrhea, while Bai Dou Kou is more appropriate for problems of the Upper and Middle Jiaos such as vomiting.
  3. It is particularly effective for dredging and dispersing Lung Qi blockage.
  4. It also treats eye disorders such as superficial visual obstruction and redness of the canthus.
  5. This herb also treats nervous Deficiency with mental and physical fatigue.
  6. Bai Dou Kou, Fr. Tsaoko Cao Guo and Sm. Myristicae Rou Dou Kou all warm the Stomach and awaken the Spleen.Bai Dou Kou has a superior clear aroma and intense acridity. It has no astringent taste in the mouth and excels at raising upward, opening and draining Upper Jiao Qi Stagnation. Cao Guo and Rou Dou Kou are restricted to the Middle Jiao.
  7. Both Bai Dou Kou and Fr. Amomi Cao Dou Kou mobilize the Qi, ease the Stomach, warm the Middle and transform Dampness. Cao Dou Kou does not mobilize the Qi as well nor does it disseminate Lung Qi as effectively but is warmer and better at drying turbid Dampness. It may substitute for Bai Dou Kou.
  8. Round Cardamon Kernels Bai Dou Kou Ren are more potent at promoting the flow of Qi and transforming Dampness, warming the Stomach and alleviating nausea. They are used to treat nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain due to Stomach Cold and Qi Stasis.
  9. Round Cardamon Husks (Pericarpium Amomi Rotundum) Bai Dou Kou Ke are not as warm as the Kernels but they do regulate the Qi ease the Middle and alleviate nausea. They are used for Qi Stasis, abdominal distension, anorexia and nausea.
  10. Round Cardamon Flowers (Flos Amomi Rotundum) Bai Dou Kou Hua are neutral , acrid, unbind the Stomach, relieve the chest and eliminate distention.