Cicada Slough (Chantui)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Periostracum Cicadae|
|Botanical Name:||Cryptotympana pustulata Fabricius
|Common Name:||Cicada Slough|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The slough shed by the cicada is found on the ground or on the branches of trees then dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet and cool|
|Meridian:||Lung and liver|
|Functions:||To disperse wind and clear heat
To bring the rash to the surface and relieve itching
To clear eyes
To stop spasms
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Wind-heat exterior syndrome manifested as fever, headache, sore throat and horse voice.
*Use with Boat sterculia seed (Pangdahai), Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Platycodon root (Jiegeng).
2. Early stage of measles without rash.
*Use with Pueraria root (Gegen) and Arctium fruit (Niubangzi).
3. Itching due to the surface being attacked by exogenous wind.
*Use with Tribulus fruit (Baijili) and Schizonepeta (Jingjie).
4. Wind-heat of liver meridian manifested as red eyes, watery eyes and blurred vision.
*Use with Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua) and Shave grass (Muzei) in the formula Chan Hua San.
5. Convulsions and spasms due to tetanus or high fever.
*Use with Scorpion (Quanxie), White-stiff silkworm (Baijiangcan), Uncaria stem (Gouteng) and Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua).
|Cautions:||This herb should be used with caution during pregnancy.|