Ku Lian Gen Pi


Ku Lian Gen Pi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ku Lian Gen Pi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: melia bark, Sichuan chinaberry bark, chinaberry tree bark
Pharmacuetical Name: Cortex Meliae
Properties: toxic, bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: ST, SP, LV

Flavors: toxic, bitter

Special Properties:
expels parasites

Actions / Indications:
  • Kills Parasites (hookworms, roundworms, tape worms, pinworms, vaginal trichomonas infection, internal use or as enema)
  • Treats tinea Infections and Sores (use alone as powder as mix with vinegar or tea tree oil, apply topically for tinea, scabies, eczema)

    Special Notes:
  • Commonly used to kill parasites, along with Shi Jun Zi.
  • However Ku Lian Pi is more toxic: slight overdose manifests as dizziness, headache, desire to sleep, nausea, or abdominal pain. Severe side effects can cause internal bleeding, hepatits, and even visual impairment.
  • The fresh form of Ku Lian Pi is markedly stronger to kill parasites.

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: not for long term use or weak constitution)
  • (cc: SP and ST deficiency; LV or KD disease
  • (cooking: difficult to dissolve so decoct longer: 45-60 minutes)