Pungent and bitter in flavour, slightly cold in nature,
and it affinits to the hear, spleen and lung channels.
Being pungent, volatile and bitter, it is purgative; and
as an aromatic, it has stronger stimulating action on
the sense organs. This drug functions in resuscitating
and restoring consciousness, serving to treat coma of
heat-blockage type. But owing to weakness in potency, it
is used mostly as an adjuvant and in combination with
heat-eliminating herbs and drugs for resuscitation. When
used externally, it is rather effective in promoting
tissue regeneration and relieving pain. It is common
drug for diseases of eye, ear, nose, throat and surgery.
Inducing resuscitation and restoring consciousness,
promoting tissue regeneration and relieving pain.
1. For invasion of
the pericardium by pathogens of epidemic febrile
disease, or stroke of phlegm-heat, unconsciousness and
convulsion in the type of heat-blockage, it is often
used with drugs for clearing away heat, calming
endopathic wind, resuscitating and restoring
consciousness, such as Calculus Bovis, Cornu Rhinoceri,
Asiatici, Cornu Antelopis, Moschus, etc. , as in Bezoar
Bolus for Resurrection (Angong Niuhuang Wan), Treasured
Bolus (Zhibao Dan), etc.
2. For conjunctivitis, borneol Fel Ursi, Calamina and
Borax are processed into eye drops for use. In treatment
of swollen, sore throat and canker sores, it is used
with Cinnabaris, Natrii Sulfas Exsiccatus, Borax (ground
into powder) for external use on the affected area. In
treatement of skin infection, it is used with drugs for
eliminating toxins, reducing swelling promoting tissue
regeneration and relieving pain, such as Resina Olibani,
Resina Draconis, Margarita, etc. , as in Power for
Promoting Regeneration of Tissue (Sheng Ji San).
Dosage and Administration:
0.03-0.1g, used in bolus or powder, not in decoction;
proper amount for external use.
This drug should not be taken in pregnancy.
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