Introduction To Chinese Blistering Beetle (ban mao)

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   Introduction To Chinese Blistering Beetle (ban mao)









Chinese Blistering Beetle (ban mao)


Properties: Acrid in flavour, cold in nature, it is tropistic to the liver, stomach and kidney channels. Being strongly toxic, it is rather effective in counteracting poisons, resolving mass or swelling, and removing blood stasis and lumps, serving to treat abdominal mass, sorofula and subcutaneous noddes. In recent years, it is also used to treat tumors.

Effects: Attacking poisons, resolving mass or swelling, and removing blood stasis and lumps.


1. For breast cancer, hepatocarcinoma, carcinoma of stomach, etc. , it is used with Moschus, Catechu, Radix Notoginseng, etc. The extract of Mylabris alone has certain effect in treatment of the above mentioned cancers.

2. For amenia due to blood stasis and abdominal mass, it can be used with drugs for removing blood stasis and resolving mass, such as Radix et Rhizoma Rhei, Semen Persicae, etc.

Moreover, it can also be used to treat unruptured carbuncles, sores, multiple abscess, scrofula, etc.

Dosage and Administration: Proper amount for external use; 0.03-0.06g for oral taken.

Precautions: Contraindicated in pregnancy. Owing to its strong toxicity, the amount and administration should be strictly controlled in order to avoid poisoning

Agkistrodon Snake (bai hua she)

  Agkistrodon acutus

Properties: Sweet and salty in flavour, warm in nature, being poisonous, it acts on liver channel. The action may pass through exterior to interior, promoting the bone and expelling the wind, clearing the channels to arrest convulsion. It is suitable for rheumatic arthralgia, headache due to latent wind, tetanus, leprosy, intractable tinea, etc.

Effects: Expelling the wind and clearing channel, arresting the wind and convulsion.


1.  For rheumatic arthralgia, muscle spasm, it is used in combination with pubescent angelica root (Radix Angelicae pubescentis), Chinese angelica root (Radix Angelicae sinensis) and acanthopanax bark ( Cortex Acanthopanacis radicis), soaking in wine for drinking; for aphonia caused by apoplexy or hemiplagia, it is used together with astragalus root ( Radix Astragali seu Hedysari), and Chinese angelica root to tonify the Qi and blood, expel the wind and clear channels.

2.    For opisthotonus caused by tetanus, it is often used together with scorpion (Scorpio), gastrodia tuber ( Rhizoma Gastrodiae) and Arisaema consanguineum Schott; for infantile convulsion caused by high fever, it is used in combination with cow bezoare (Calculus Bovis) and Arisaema Bilis.

In addition, it is suitable for headache caused by latent wind, chronic infantile convulsion due to insufficiency of spleen, leprosy and intractable tinea.

Dosage and Administration: 3-10g in decoction; 0.5-1g in powder. One whole snake for decoction; 0.5-1g for powder.

Zaocys Dhumnades (Cantor)

It belongs to Calubridae (Family Zaocys). This drug is the whole snake after removal of its viscera. Sweet in flavour, neutral in nature, and nonpoisonous, its effects are similar to those of Agkistrodon snake but milder. The usual dosage is 5-10g, 2-3g in powder.