Shan Dou Gen


Shan Dou Gen in TCM:

Explore the properties of Shan Dou Gen according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: sophora root, tonkin sophora root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Sophorae Taonkinensis
Properties: slightly toxic, bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, LI

Flavors: toxic, bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat, eliminates toxins

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears toxic heat in the throat; relieves Jaundice (abcesses, carbuncles, red, swollen, sore throat; cough due to Lung heat; swollen gums, toothache due to Stomach fire; jaundice, modern use for chronic hepatitis)
  • Treats cancer (anti-neoplastic action: naso-pharynx, throat, rectum, bladder)
  • (cc: diarrhea from Spleen deficiency cold)
  • (cc: can cause Stomach upset, nausea)

    Special Notes:
  • Shan Dou Gen is slightly toxic.
  • For severe sore throat combine Shan Dou Gen with Xuan Shen, She Gan, and Ban Lan Gen.