INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Bombyx Batryticatus
Common English: Silkworm
Bombyx Mori
Silkworm Larva
Substances that Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
Taste
Temperature
Entering Meridians
Dosage
Acrid
Salty
Neutral
(Warm)
(Slightly Toxic)
Liver
Lung
3-10g
Powder: 1-3g
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Extinguishes Wind and stops spasms and convulsions

Childhood convulsions and facial paralysis

Seizures due to Liver Wind or especially Wind-Phlegm-Heat

Dispels Wind, disperses Wind-Heat and stops itching and pain

Headache, red eyes, a sore, swollen throat and itching skin lesions such as Wind-Rash from externally contracted Wind-Heat or Liver Wind

Loss of voice

Transforms Phlegm, softens hardness, eliminates toxins and dissipates nodules

Phlegm-Heat scrofula and other Phlegm nodules

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated when there are no externally contracted pathogenic factors.
  • Contraindicated for those with anemia.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Arisaemae cum Bile
Dan Nan Xing

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Ram. Uncariae cum Uncis
Gou Teng
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Arisaemae cum Bile
Dan Nan Xing

Seizures and convulsions due to Phlegm Heat.

Febrile convulsions.

Quickly developing convulsions with generalized twitching and wheezing.

Convulsions with Phlegm and Fire.

Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma

Scorpio
Quan Xie
Scolopendra
Wu Gong
Ram. Uncariae cum Uncis
Gou Teng

Scorpio
Quan Xie
Rz. Arisaematis Preparatum

Zhi Tian Nan Xing
Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma

Chronic childhood convulsions due to chronic diarrhea associated with Spleen Deficiency.

Tetany with opisthotonis.

Muscular tetany.

Scorpio
Quan Xie

Rz. Typhonii Preparatum
Zhi Bai Fu Zi

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Scolopendra
Wu Gong

Ram, Mori
Sang Zhi
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

Mouth and eyes awry from Wind attacking the channels and collaterals.

Epileptic seizures.

Headache with red eyes.

Fol. Mori
Sang Ye
Hb. Equiseti Hiemalis
Mu Zei
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Hb. Menthae
Bo He
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng

or

Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Cx. Moutan Radicis
Mu Dan Pi

Headache, red, swollen eyes and tearing from drafts due to Wind-Heat attacking the Liver channel.

Hoarseness and painful, red throat due to Wind-Heat.

Itchy skin associated with Wind-Rash.

Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li

Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen

Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi

Scrofula and other Phlegm nodules.

Mastitis, mumps and deep-seated sores and abscesses.

Frontal headache.

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Hb. Menthae
Bo He

Scorpio
Quan Xie

Rz. Typhonii Preparatum
Zhi Bai Fu Zi

Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Ram. Uncariae cum Uncis
Gou Teng
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Eczema or rash due to Wind.

Paralysis, involuntary facial twitching or facial paralysis.

Headache due to Liver Yang Rising.

Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Sm. Sterculae Lychnophorae
Pang Da Hai
Sm. Oroxyli
Gu Zhi Hua
Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen

Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu
Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao
Lasiosphere/Calvatia
Ma Bo
Indigo Naturalis
Qing Dai
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Scolopendra
Wu Gong
Pulvis Arisaemae cum Felle Bovis
Dan Nan Xing
Concretio Silicea Bambusae
Tian Zhu Huang
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

Sore throat and a hoarse voice.

Toxic nodules.

Childhood convulsions with night crying and fear.

Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Scolopendra
Wu Gong

 

 

As a powder for stubborn, pounding headaches that resemble a hammer striking the head.

 

 

  • This is the dried larva of the silkworm, dead and stiffened due to infection of “Beauveria Bassiana”.
  • This herb relieves swelling and pain related to the buildup of Phlegm and internal Wind with spasms.
  • It is mostly used to treat hot Phlegm.
  • One source says that it is used for subcutaneous nodes caused by Wind-Phlegm, scrofula and intermittent fever due to Phlegm and abdominal masses.
  • It is said that this herb cures metrorrhagia.
  • This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  • One source says that for aching, hard movable or unmovable abdominal masses, powder 50g of this herb and mix with one bowl of horse urine for oral ingestion and topical application to the affected areas. "The effect is fantastic."
  • For tongue cancer, pound 3g of this herb with honey-parched Rz. Coptidis Huang Lian into a powder and apply to the tongue.
  • This herb, Scorpio Quan Xie, and Scolopendra Wu Gong all dispel Wind and stop spasms and are often used together in severe cases. They also can reduce swelling and disperse clumping. Jiang Can is used primarily for Phlegm-Heat and treating throat Bi. Wu Gong is pungent and warm, is the most intense and more appropriate for opisthotonis, convulsions and rigid spasms, while Quan Xie is pungent and neutral and is better for Heat. It more strongly extinguishes Wind and stops spasms and is more effective at treating tremors of the hands and feet, twitching and torticollis. Wu Gong and Quan Xie both attack toxin and are used to treat Heat toxin sores or scrofula and phlegm nodules.
  • This herb as a powder mixed with vinegar and applied externally is a good treatment for acute mastitis.
  • Both Jiang Can and Periostracum Cicadae Chan Tui eliminate Wind and release spasms and are often combined to treat headache, swollen throat and convulsions due to Wind-Heat in the Lung and Liver channels. Jiang Can can transform Phlegm and disperse clumping, while Chan Tui vents rashes and reduces superficial visual obstruction.
  • Dry-fried Silkworm Chao Jiang Can has a reduced ability to dredge Wind and travel through the channels, but its Phlegm-transforming and dispersing actions are strengthened. Therefore it is more appropriate for childhood convulsions, seizures, cramps, scrofula and Phlegm nodules.