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Ku Shen Tang

(Sophora Root Wash)

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Source: Collected Experiences on Treating Sores

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Scabbing skin disorders from Wind-Damp or parasites

Key Symptoms: Scabbing skin disorders, red itching swellings or dry, scaly, itchy rashes, especially if stubborn and do not respond to other treatment.
Secondary Symptoms: Traditionally for scab sores (Jie), leprous disorders (Lai), chronic ulcerating sores (Feng) and lichenous rash (Xuan).


Ingredients
Ku Shen 60g
She Chuang Zi 30g
Bai Zhi 15g
Jin Yin Hua 30g
Ju Hua 30g
Huang Bai 15g
Di Fu Zi 15g
Shi Chang Pu 9g

Subsitutions:
For fungal infections the following additions are often made but might be hard to find or use in the UK:
Liu Huang 15g
Da Feng Zi 15g
Ku Lian Gen Pi 15g
Cooked in rice wine and rice vinegar.

Bai Bu might be the only commonly available anti-fungal and anti-parasitic agent that might suffice.

For scabies the following additions are made:
Liu Huang 15g
Chuan Lian Zi 25g
and a plaster made of 1:9 ratio of Sulphur and Petroleum Jelly is applied to the affected areas once daily for at least 2 weeks, even if symptoms subside.



Preparation: The ingredients are soaked in six cups of water for 30 minutes, then brought to a boil and simmered for 25 minutes. The resulting decoction is then strained and when cooled enough to put on the skin applied as a soak or a compress for 20-30 minutes, 1-3 times per day. If using a compress a cloth is dipped in the solution and applied to the affected area, re-dipping into the warm solution every few minutes to keep it warm.

Actions: Dispels Wind, dried Dampness, kills parasites, relieves itching


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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.