Pinyin name: Cao Guo
Aka: grass fruit
Source: Yin Shan Zheng Yao
English name: Tsaoko Fruit
Botanical name: Amomum Tsao-ko
Pharmaceutical name: Fructus Tsaoko
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic
Channels entered: stomach, spleen
Chinese therapeutic actions: warms the Middle Jiao, dries dampness, and treats malaria.
This herb is available by the pound in either raw or powdered form.