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Tian Hua Fen

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Name: Trichosanthes Root (天花粉)

Pinyin: Tian Hua Fen

Pharm. Name: Radix Trichosanthis






Bitter, Slightly Sweet,

Clear heat and purge fire, generate body fluids and quench thirst, moisten dryness and resolve phlegm

Lung, Stomach




It is stronger at generating fluids to quench the thirst than clearing qi-system heat. For thirst due to excess heat at qi system consuming body fluids, it is commonly combined with herbs for clearing heat at qi systems, such as Shi Gao and Zhi Mu in Gua Lou Gen Tang from Zheng Yin Mai Zhi. It can generate body fluids and quench thirst, clear and purge stomach heat, and be commonly indicated for thirst due to stomach heat accumulation. It can be used alone to quench extreme thirst, described in Qian Jin Fang or combined with herbs for clearing stomach heat and generating body fluids, such as Mai Men Dong, Lu Gen, and Bai Mao Gen from Qian Jin Fang. It can clear lung heat, moisten the dry lung, and be indicated for cough due to lung heat and dry heat. For dry heat damaging lung, dry cough with scanty sticky sputum or blood in sputum.


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