Centipede (Wugong)-Scolopendra subspinipes mutilams L. Koch

Centipede (Wugong)

Scolopendra subspinipes mutilams L. Koch

Pharmaceutical Name: Scolopendra
Zoological Name: Scolopendra subspinipes mutilams L. Koch
Common Name: Centipede
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The centipede is caught in spring, and then it is boiled, dried and pounded into powder, or fixed to bamboo slats to dry.
Properties & Taste: Pungent, warm and toxic.
Meridian: Liver.
Functions: 1. To subdue endogenous wind and stop spasms; 2. To dispel toxins; 3. To clear collaterals and stop pain
Indications & Combinations:
1. Acute and chronic convulsions or tetany manifested as spasms, convulsions of the limbs and ophisthotonos. Centipede (Wugong) is used with Scorpion (Quanxie), White-stiff silkworm (Baijiangcan) and Uncaria stem (Gouteng).
2. Stubborn headache and rheumatic pain. Centipede (Wugong) is used with Scorpion (Quanxie), Gastrodia tuber (Tianma), White-stiff silkworm (Baijiangcan) and Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong).
Dosage: 1-3 g; 0.6-1 g for powder.
Cautions & Contraindications: This substance is toxic. Overdosing should be avoided. This substance is contraindicated during pregnancy.

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