English Name: mung beans
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Phaseoli Radiati
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Lu Dou enters the Heart and Stomach channels; it is sweet in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Lu Dou is dried mung beans (Phaseolus radiatus L.).
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Lu Dou:
Lu Dou clears heat and relieves toxicity from the exterior of the body to treat various toxic-heat skin disorders such as carbuncles and other infected sores/ulcerations. It is also used to counter various toxic substances that may have been ingested.
Lu Dou also dispels summer-heat and relieves thirst.