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Chan Tui

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Name: Ciccada Slough (蝉蜕)

Pinyin: Chan Tui

Pharm. Name:  Periostracum Cicadae

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Sweet, Salty

Disperse wind-heat, relieve sore throat and produce sound, relieve itching and promote eruption, improve vision and remove nebula, extinguish wind and relieve spasms

Lung, Liver

3-10g

 

Description:

Shell of the insect “Cryptotympana Pustulata”, where its able to disperse wind-heat and expelling pathogens to release the exterior. It can be used together with wind-heat-dispersing herbs, such as Bo He and Ju Hua, to help treat exterior syndromes and warm diseases at the defense system manifested by fevers/headaches. It also can relieve spasms by subduing liver wind. Also, it can be indicated for syndromes of stirring of liver wind such as chronic or acute infantile convulsions and tetanus.

 

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