Amomum Kravanh Fruit As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Amomum Kravanh is a species in the genus amomum, the plant is remarkable for its pungency and aromatic properties. Amomum kravanh fruit (Bai Dou Kou, 白豆蔻) is a major herb in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used as an aid for digestion, it also helps to strengthen the spleen and stomach.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, bitter, warm-natured, non-toxic,


Amomum kravanh fruit functions by influencing the spleen and stomach.

Indications & Formulas:

Pounded amomum kravanh fruits (peeled) is taken orally with ginger papaya soup to treat abdominal bloating.

A decoction of amomum kravanh fruits, galangal, fresh ginger juice and flour is taken orally on an empty stomach to cope with dyspepsia (a pain or an uncomfortable feeling in the upper middle part of the stomach).

A decoction of amomum kravanh fruits, rhizomes of coptis chinensis, black beans and fresh ginger is taken orally to treat acute gastroenteritis.

A decoction of amomum kravanh fruits, processed radix aconiti carmichaeli, ginger and red dates is taken orally to cope with a malignant malaria.

Roasted amomum kravanh fruits and mastic is taken orally with rice soup to treat red and white vaginal discharge.

Contraindication & Cautions:

Excess intake of amomum kravanh fruits may be harmful to lung and spleen.

Application in Modern Medicine:

4-Terpineol extracted from amomum kravanh fruits can cause the inhibition of shigella dysenteriae and effectively treat dysentery.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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