Calabash gourd (Hulu)
Pharmaceutical Name: Pericarpium lagenariae
Botanical Name: Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl.
Common Name: Calabash gourd
Source of Earliest Record: Rihuazi Bencao
Part Used: When the calabash gourd ripens in autumn, its peel is collected and dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet and neutral
Meridians: Lung and small intestine
To promote water metabolism and reduce edema
Indications & Combinations: Edema. Calabash gourd (Hulu) is used with herbs which promote water metabolism, such as Benincasa peel (Dongguapi).
Dosage: 15-30 g