Pumpkin | 南瓜

Common Chinese Name: 南瓜 (Nan Gua),番瓜 (Fan Gua)

Common English Name:  Pumpkin

Scientific Name: Cucurbita pepo

Common Form: Large, round squash with smooth, ribbed orange skin

TCM Five Flavors: Sweet

TCM Energetics: Warming

Meridian Affiliation: Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestines

Nutritional Information: 4% carbohydrate, 1% fiber, contains vitamins A, B6, C, E, riboflavin, potassium, nacin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus

TCM Benefits:

  • Replenishes Qi
  • Resolves toxins and expels worms
  • Disperses Cold
  • Clears damp


  • Improves circulation
  • Clears phlegm
  • Clears intestinal worms and dysentery
  • Can help with eczema

Cooking Suggestions:

  • Serving size: 1 cup cooked
  • Bake drizzled with olive oil and spices
  • Steam and cut into cubes, then use in salads or stir fries. 
  • Cut into cubes and add to soups, stews, or congee.
  • Purée and add to baked goods.
  • Cut into cubes and juice with skin on. Add ginger, clove, or cinnamon for a warming cider. 

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Notes and Safety:

  • Generally safe for consumption in moderation. It is highly nutritious and has a very long history of culinary and medicinal use. 
Written by Five Seasons TCM