Chinese Herb: Ku Shen (Sophora Root), Radix Sophorae Flavescentis

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Chinese Herb: Ku Shen (Sophora Root), Radix Sophorae Flavescentis

Herb 5 of 7 in Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Cold Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavescentis)
Channels:
BL, HT, LIV, LI, SI
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Sophorae Flavescentis
Chinese:
苦参
Tone Marks:
kŭ shēn
Translation:
Bitter Root

Chinese Herb Actions

  • Eliminates Heat and Dries Dampness
    Used for jaundice, acute dysentery, leukorrhea, and sores.
  • Stops Wind, Itching, and Kills Parasites
    Used for damp skin toxins with chronic itching, genital itching and bacterial infections, trichomonas, ringworm, eczema, pus, and bleeding anywhere on the skin. Can be used both internally and topically.
  • Promotes Urination
    For acute urinary tract infections due to heat, for patterns such as Damp-Heat in the small intestine, and heat induced edema.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of cold from deficiency of the spleen and stomach. Traditionally this herb is noted to be incompatible with Semen Cuscutae Chinensis (tu si zi), Rhizoma et Radix Veratri (li lu), and Bulbus Fritillariae (bei mu).

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-15 grams, up to 30g when used as an external wash.
  • Part used: root.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:


This herb is incompatible with:
  • Li Lu (Radix Et Rhizoma Veratri)

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.