cochinchinensis. 木鳖子Mù Biē Zǐ-"Wooden
turtle seed" Gac
Gac is a is a Southeast Asian fruit found throughout the region from Southern
China to Northeastern Australia, including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and
Vietnam. Its juice is red in color, and used to color and flavor rice in festivals.
Recently, the fruit is being used for dietary juice for markets outside of Asia. FLAVOR: Bitter and slightly pleasant, bitter
and slightly sweet TOXICITY: Toxic. FUNCTIONS
1. Heal swelling, disperse coagulation.
2. Stimulates digestive function.
3. Promotes good appetite to put on weight. INDICATIONS
1. Accumulation of toxins- Carbuncle, swelling, boil, lymphatic tuberculosis,
mastitis.[1,2] Enlarged lymph nodes.
Moles. Pus forming ailments, mastitis,
2. Worms in small children as well as enteritis and dysentery. PREPARATIONS: Dry
ripe seeds are used for external application.
For taking internally care should be taken 0.6-1.2 g as decoction.
NOTES: The seeds are large- around 25 mm across and resemble
and resemble the carapace of a turtle, hence the Chinese name.
Grows under open forests or among thickets. DESCRIPTION: Perennial climbing vine like herb. Subterranean root and rhizome
large and fleshy. Stem; slender, long and angled, with non-branching spiral tendrils.
Leaves; single alternate, ovate-rounded, 3-5 parted deeply, each lobe ovate, apexes
acute, bases on both sides containing a protruding nectary, margins undulate.
Flowers; in the summer, light-yellowish, axillary. Fruit; long ellipsoid gourdish
melon, red, with numerous soft barbs on the outside. Seeds; black, flat, longitudinally
. Barefoot Doctor's Manual - 1977 Prepared by the Revolutionary Health Committee
of Hunan Province. Original Chinese manual- Victor W. Sidel. Originally published
by Dr Joseph Quin and the Fogarty International centre, Bethdesda (1974). Madrona
Publishers Seattle Washington ISBN 0-914842-52-8
 A Complete English Dictionary of Medicinal Terms in Chinese Acupuncture and
Herbalism 1981 - Henry Lu Chinese Foundations of Natural Health- The Academy of
Oriental Heritage, Vancouver, Canada. Images
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