Belamcanda chinensis L DC Fam Iridaceae


Rhizoma Belamcanda Chinensis

Belamcanda chinensis (L.) DC. (Fam. Iridaceae) I. Root-tuber; 2. leaves; 3. Branch with flowers; 4. Fruit; 5. Opened fruit pharmaceutical name Exocarpium Benincasae english name

Chinese waxgourd peel, winter melon part used dried exocarp

Exocarpium Benincasae is grown in every part in China. It is collected in summer and autumn, dried in sunlight, and used unprepared.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Sweet in taste, slightly cold in property, acts on the Lung and Small Intestine channels.


Diuretic, relieves edema, clears Pathogenic Heat.

clinical use and major combinations

For generalized edema with Excess Heat, it is used with Semen Phaseoli Calcarati (Chi Xiao Dou), Rhizoma Imperatae (Bai Mao Gen), and Sclerotium Poriae Cocos (Fu Ling). But its function is milder than that of most other herbs that can induce diuresis.

dosage and administration


None noted.

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