|Botanical Name:||Pheretima aspergillum (Perrier)
Allolobophora caliginosa (Savigny) trapizoides (Ant. Duges)
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The earthworm is caught in summer or autumn. It is cleaned in warm water, and then dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Salty and cold|
|Meridian:||Liver, spleen and urinary bladder|
|Functions:||To clear heat and subdue endogenous wind
To soothe asthma
To promote urination
To clear the collaterals
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Convulsions and spasms due to high fever.
*Use with Uncaria stem (Gouteng), White-stiff silkworm (Baijiangcan) and Scorpion (Quanxie).
2. Damp-heat obstruction syndrome manifested as red, swollen, painful joints and motor impairment.
*Use with Mulberry twigs (Sangzhi), Honeysuckle stem (Rendongteng) and Red peony (Chishao).
3. Wind-cold-damp obstruction syndrome manifested as cold, painful joints with motor impairment.
*Use with Wild aconite root (Caowu) and Arisaema tuber (Tiannanxing) in the formula Xiao Huolu Dan.
4. Hemiplegia due to obstruction of meridians by qi deficiency and blood stagnation.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong) and Astragalus root (Huangqi) in the formula Buyang Huanwu Tang.
5. Heat accumulated in the urinary bladder manifested as dysuria.
*Use with Plantain seed (Cheqianzi) and Clematis stem (Mutong).
*Use with Ephedra (Mahuang) and Apricot seed (Xingren).
|Dosage:||5-15 g (10-20 g if fresh)|