INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Scolopendra
Common English: Centipede
Substances that Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
Warm
Toxic
Liver
Decoction: 1-4g
Powder: 0.6-1g
0.6-1g. when just the tail is used
Tincture: 0.5-1ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Extinguishes Wind and stops spasms and convulsions

Liver Wind with acute and chronic childhood convulsions, opisthotonis, lockjaw and seizures

Facial paralysis due to Wind

Attacks and relieves Fire toxins, relieves abdominal masses and dissipates nodules

Toxic nodules including sores, carbuncles and neck lumps Chuang Yung (topical)

Cancer

Snake bites

Unblocks the collaterals and stops pain

Stubborn headaches including migraines

Bi pain
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • This substance is toxic. Always use caution and never overdose.
  • Long-term use may impair Liver function.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Scorpio
Quan Xie

Scorpio
Quan Xie
Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng

Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao
Beeswax

Wind due to high fever leading to seizures and convulsions.

Epilepsy.

Toxic, swollen sores and scrofula.

Submandibular lymphadenitis. (internal or topical)

Stubborn migraines.

Wind-Damp Bi pain.

Twitching.

Tetany.

Opisthotonis.

Spasms, contractures, and opisthotonis associated with acute and chronic childhood convulsions.

Topically as a plaster for scrofula, sores and snakebite.

Tea

Realgar
Xiong Huang
Pig Gall

Fish Liver Oil

Topically for gangrene and ulcerations of the toes.

Toxic sores topically.

Topically as a salve, for pustules, of the fingertips which are called “snake head boils”.

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can
Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
(Rx. Angelicae Sinensis)
(Dang Gui)

Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Rx. Clematidis
Wei Ling Xian
(Rx. Saposhnikoviae)
(Fang Feng)

Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Hb. Asari
Xi Xin

Stubborn headaches, migraines or Bi pain.

Stubborn Bi.

Chronic headaches due to Blood Stasis.

Trigeminal neuralgia.

Angioneurotic headaches.

Migraines.

Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia
Pheretima
Di Long

Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao
Fol. Isatidis
Da Qing Ye
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng

Scorpio
Quan Xie
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng
Concretio Silicea Bambusae
Tian Zhu Huang
Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu

Stroke.

Childhood convulsions with a high fever.

Epilepsy.

Rz. Arisaematis Preparatum
Zhi Tian Nan Xing
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Rz. Typhonii Preparatum
Zhi Bai Fu Zi
Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng

Concretio Silicea Bambusae
Tian Zhu Huang
Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Realgar
Xiong Huang
Tea Leaves

Tetanus.

Delirium associated with a high fever, spasms, convulsions or clenched fists.

Topically as a powder, for toxic nodules.

Scorpio
Quan Xie
Eupolyphaga
Tu Bie Chong

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

 

Tuberculosis of the bones.

Snakebite with dizziness, blurred vision and spasms.

 

  1. This herb is used much like Scorpio Quan Xie in treating toxic sores and convulsions, however this herb is superior.
  2. It can be used alone topically for submandibular lymphadenitis.
  3. It treats Stomach and Liver cancers.
  4. It removes hypochondriac masses.
  5. For scrofula and ulcerous sores, roast with tea and pound into a powder. Wash the lesion with a decoction of Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao after which, apply the powder.
  6. For ulcers and tumors, powder one Wu Gong, together with one loaf of Alumen Ming Fan, one Omphalia Lei Wan and 6g Rx. Stemonae Bai Bu and mix with vinegar.
  7. For female dactylitis with the protrusion of a diabrotic polyp, powder Wu Gong and apply directly to the lesion, then cover with a mixture of Rz. Arisaematis Preparatum Zhi Tian Nan Xing and vinegar.
  8. Wu Gong , Scorpio Quan Xie, Bombyx Batryticatus Jiang Can and 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.