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Scientific name: Trichosanthes kirilowii

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Origin: N and E China and Japan

Medicinal use:  The tuber of this plant is known in Mandarin as tiān huā fěn. In traditional Chinese medicine it is said to drain heat and generate fluids, clean and drain heat from the lungs, transform phlegm and moisten dry lungs, and resolve toxicity and expel pus. The fruit of the plant, also known in Mandarin as guālóu, is said to remove heat and transform phlegm-heat, unleash the chest, reduce abscesses, and dissipate nodules.

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