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Semen Cucurbitae

Nan Gua Zi
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Nan Gua Zi (Semen Cucurbitae)——Xian Dai Shi Yong Zhong Yao Yue (Modern Practical Materia Medica)

  1. Nan Gua Zi
  2. 南瓜子
  3. Pumpkin Seed
  4. Cushaw Seed

The Processing of Semen Cucurbitae


The seed of Cucurbita moschata Duch. of family Cucurbitaceae.


Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Hunan provinces in China.


Collected in summer and autumn when the fruit is mature.

The actual smell and taste

Mild smell and light sweet.

Best quality

Big, full, yellowish white crust and fresh.


Dried in the sun; ground into powder, unprocessed

The Effect of Semen Cucurbitae


Sweet, neutral; stomach and large intestine meridians entered.


Expel parasites.



This herb is sweet and neutral, and can kill parasitic worms without healthy qi damage. It is good at expelling tapeworm, and is reinforced by Bing Lang. First take 60~120 g powder of this herb with cold water, take 60~120 g Bing Lang decoction 2 hours later, then take Mang Xiao half an hour later to promote purgation and expel parasites bodies.
In addition, it also can treat schistosomiasis but should in large dose (120~200 g) and be taken longer.

Dosage and Administrations

Grind into powder, 60~120 g. Take with cold water.