Gua Lou Pi – Trichosanthes Peel – Pericarpium Trichosanthis

Gua Lou Pi

English Name: trichosanthes peel, snake gourd peel

Pharmaceutical Name: Pericarpium Trichosanthis

Medica Category: Phlegm-Resolving Herbs

Properties: Gua Lou Pi enters the Large Intestine, Lung, and Stomach channels; it is sweet in nature and cold in temperature.

What is Gua Lou Pi?:

The Chinese Herb Gua Lou Pi is the dried peel from the Chinese snake gourd (or Chinese cucumber– Trichosanthes kirilowii Maxim.; Trichosanthes rosthornii Harms.)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Gua Lou Pi:

Gua Lou Pi clears Lung heat and helps to clear out difficult-to-expectorate sputum from the lungs. Secondary presentations this herb helps to alleviate include cough with wheezing, dyspnea, and feeling of oppression/tightness in the chest.