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Snakegourd Root

(Tian Hua Fen)



Tian Hua Fen, also known as Trichosanthes Root or Chinese Cucumber Root, is a well-regarded herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is derived from the root of the Trichosanthes kirilowii plant.



  • Clears Heat and Generates Fluids:

    • Tian Hua Fen is commonly used to clear heat and promote the generation of body fluids, making it effective for conditions like fever, thirst, and diabetes (Xiao Ke syndrome).
  • Transforms Phlegm and Moistens Lung Dryness:

    • It helps to resolve phlegm and alleviate lung dryness, which is beneficial for coughs with thick sputum or dry cough.
  • Reduces Swelling and Expels Pus:

    • Tian Hua Fen has properties that reduce swelling and promote the discharge of pus, making it useful for treating abscesses and sores.
  • Detoxifies:

    • It has a detoxifying effect and is used in cases of carbuncles and other toxic swellings.



Slightly sweet, slightly bitter


DISCLAIMER: Always consult with your Acupuncturist before taking herbs and inform them of all other medications you are taking to avoid interactions.

Snakegourd Root (Tian Hua Fen)

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