Tian Gua Di, Muskmelon Pedicel, Muskmelon Base
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Common Name: Muskmelon Pedicel
Chinese Name: Tian Gua Di 甜瓜蒂, Gua Di 瓜蒂
Latin Name: Pedicellus Melo
Other Name: Muskmelon Base, Cucumis Melo, 瓜丁、苦丁香、甜瓜把
Origin: Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Yunnan, Sichuan and other places. Mainly produced in Hunan, Sichuan, Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, all over the country are planted, a small part of the wild resources.
Storage: Keep in cool, dry and no light place
More About This TCM (In English):
Bitter, cold, toxic, stomach and spleen meridian entered.
Induce vomiting, dispel dampness to treat jaundice.
A. Heat-phlegm, retained food and poison
It is a common used emetic herb because of its strong action of promoting vomiting. It is indicated for all the diseases which should be vomited. For epilepsy, mania, inflammation of throat and dyspnea due to phlegm-fire accumulated in chest, it could be smashed into powder and taken. For retained food stayed inside, distending pain in abdomen and stomach, it is combined with Chi Xiao Dou, Dou Chi in the formuia Gua Di San from Shang Han Lun. For poisoned by arsenic, it is decocted with Gan Cao, Xuan Shen and Di Yu to promote vomiting from Bian Zheng Lu.
B. Jaundice of damp-heat type
It can drain damp-heat to treat jaundice and it is indicated for jaundice of damp-heat type, both taking orally and puffing through nose are effective ways. For jaundice of damp-heat type, it could be applied singly, such as it is smashed into powder to puffy in nose, then some yellow-discharge flows out from nose, which means the damp-heat drained from it and the jaundice would be treated; or it is decocted singly, such as in the formula Yi Wu Gua Di Tang from Jin Kui Yao Lue.
Dosage and Administrations
Decoct 2.5~5 g, 0.3~1 g for pill or powder, an appropriate dosage for external usage. Puff through nose, which should be stopped when yellow-discharge flows out.
Read More Info. About It (In Chinese 中文介绍):
甜瓜蒂，中药材名。本品为葫芦科植物甜瓜的果柄。拉丁植物名：Cucumis melo L.采收和储藏：夏季采收成熟果实，在食用时将切下的果柄收集，阴干或晒干。
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