Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavescentis)

Common Name: light yellow sophora root
TCM Category: Clear Heat, Dry Dampness
TCM Functions: Clears heat and dries Dampness; dispels Wind, kills parasites, and alleviates itching.
Relevant Pharmacological Effects*: Laboratory studies indicate that Ku Shen has antibiotic and antiparasitic actions a well as antineoplastic effects.

*Listed pharmacological effects and information about laboratory studies come from Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology by John Chen and Tina Chen.