Pinyin name: Cao Dou Kou
Aka: Cao Kou Ren, Grass Cardamom
Source: Ming Yi Za Zhu
English name: Katsumade Galangal Seed, Katsumadai
Botanical name: Alpinia Katsumadai
Pharmaceutical name: Semen Alpiniae Katsumadai
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic
Channels entered: spleen, stomach
Chinese therapeutic actions: Warms the middle Jiao, and dries dampness.
Comment: Cao Dou Kou, Bai Dou Kou, and Rou Dou Kou – have similar pinyin names, but different functions. To avoid confusion, they should not be referred to as “Dou Kou."
This herb is sold by the pound, either in raw herb or powdered form.