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Bamboo Juice (zhu li)

Succus Bambosae

Properties: It is sweet in flavour and cold in nature. It is tropistic to the lung, heart, stomach channels. It¡¯s sweetness and coldness enable it being good at lubricating. It exerts its effect on the lung channel for removing heat-phlegm to induce resuscitation, and on channels and collaterals to eliminate obstruction in channels and collaterals and remove phlegm. Therefore, it is applicable for treatment of cough and asthma due to phlegm-heat, infantile convulsion due to phlegm-heat, apoplexy and abundant expectoration, and other syndromes.

Effects: Removing heat-phlegm, arresting convulsion.


1. For treatment of cough due to phlegm-heat, yellow sputum and short breath, chest tightness, it can be used in combination with Fructus Trichosanthis, Bulbus Fritillariae, Arisaema cum Bile, Cortex Mori Radicis, and other drugs to remove heat-phlegm, relieve cough and asthma.

2. For treatment of infantile accumulation of phlegm-heat, pyrexia with acute infantile convulsion, it is frequently used together with Calculus Bovis, Arisaema cum Bile, Rhizoma Gastrodiae, and other drugs having the effects of removing heat-phlegm, and heat from the liver to arrest convulsion; For treatment of apoplexy due to phlegm-heat, aphasia and hemiparalysis, unconsciousness, it is usually used in combination with Fructus Trichosanthis, Tabasheer, Calculus Bovis, and other phlegm resolving and convulsion-arresting drugs.

Dosage and Administration: 30-60g by infusion in hot water.

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.