Bai Dou Kou - Aromatics that Transform Damp
SP, ST, LU (3-6g)


Bai Dou Kou - The White Dao Cow

The White Dao Cow was worshiped by all: The white priest would rub his tummy and pray for rain. If no rain came the white priest felt CRUSHED and would drink enough hot chocolate to make himself vomit.

The sorcerors who invoked the white Dao Cow were often guity of over-studying (cc: yin and blood deficiency)

English Name: cardamom (white), amomum
Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Amomi Rotundus
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic

Explanation of Key Words in this story...
rub his tummy; rain Warms and pomotes qi movement of the middle jiao; Dries damp
CRUSHED cooking: crush and add near the end
hot chocolate... vomit Warms middle jiao; stops vomit

      Bai Dou Kou Actions and Indications
  • Dries damp, warms and promotes qi movement of the middle jiao (poor appetite, damp stagnation in SP and ST; damp warm-febrile with stifling sensation in chest or epigastrium, Bai Dou Kou is the mildest to dry damp and Bai Dou Kou also eliminates turbidity)
  • Warms middle jiao; stops vomit (morning sickness, vomiting due to either deficient or excess cold of the stomach; can be combined with qi or yang tonics for deficient patient;)
  • (cc: yin or blood deficiency)
  • (cooking: crush and add at the end)

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