Cao Guo – Tsaoko Fruit – Fructus Tsaoko

Cao Guo

English Name: tsaoko fruit, cochin cardamon, red cardamon

Literal Translation: “grass fruit”

Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Tsaoko

Medica Category: Aromatic Damp-Dissolving Herbs

Properties: Cao Guo enters the Spleen and Stomach channels; it is acrid in nature and warm and aromatic in temperature.

What is Cao Guo?:

The Chinese Herb Cao Guo is the ripe fruit from a ginger-like plant (Amomum tsaoko Crevost et Lemaire) that grows in the highlands of South China (Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou provinces).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Cao Guo:

Cao Guo warms the middle jiao and dries dampness to treat abdominal fullness and pain (w/cold presentation), nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Cao Guo treats malaria accompanied by presentation of abdominal cold and dampness.