Sophora Flower (Huaihua)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Flos Sophorae|
|Botanical Name:||Sophora japonica L.|
|Common Name:||Sophora flower
Pagoda Tree flower
|Source of Earliest Record:||Rihuazi Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The flower buds are gathered in June or July and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter and slightly cold|
|Meridian:||Liver and large intestine|
|Functions:||To cool blood and stop bleeding|
|Indications and Combinations:||Hemorrhages due to extravasation of blood by heat:
a) Dysentery and bleeding due to hemorrhoids
*Use with Biota tops (Cebaiye), Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen) and Agrimony (Xianhecao).
b) Damp-heat accumulated in the intestines manifested as diarrhea or dysentery.
*Use with Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and Pueraria root (Gegen); if the resulting manifestation is tenesmus, Coptis root (Huanglian) is used with Costus root (Muxiang) in the formula Xiang Lian Wan.