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