Shan Dou Gen - Subprostrate, Sophora Root

TCM Materia Medica

Shan Dou Gen TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "shan dou gen" which in english is "subprostrate, sophora root", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cold (han) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Clears heat, relieves fire toxicity, improves throat - painful, swollen throat.
  • Clears the lungs - cough due to lung heat.
  • Damp-heat jaundice.

As noted above, shan dou gen is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically sick. )".

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