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Jiāng Cán (Bái) 殭蠶 (白)

Pharmaceutical name Bombyx batryticatus silkworm, body of sick (infected) silkworm “white stiff silkworm”
Category Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
Key Properties Eliminates Wind
Drains Heat
Transforms Phlegm
Disperses Clumping
Properties Acrid
Tropism LV, LU
Actions & Indications 1) Extinguishes Wind and Stops Spasms & Convulsions
2) Dispels Wind, Disperses Wind-Heat, & Stops Itch & Pain
3) Transforms Phlegm, Softens What is Hard, & Dissipates Nodules
4) Expels Wind & Stops Itching
Dosages 3-9g in decoction; 1-1.5g when powdered
& swallowed
Contraindications (TCM) None
Contraindications (Western)
Chemical Composition Protein, lipids, ammonium oxalate
Pharmacological Effects • Antiseizure: administration of 10% herb decoction at 2 g/kg has marked effectiveness in treating mice with drug-induced seizures
• Sedative: alcohol extract potentiates sedative effect of phenobarbital in mice
• Antibiotic: mild inhibitory action against S. aureus, E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Herb-Drug Interactions
Classical Formula(s)

Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin (Universal Benefit Drink to Eliminate toxin) 普濟消毒飲 (普济消毒饮)

Qian Zheng San (Lead to Symmetry Powder) 牽正散

Ding Xian Wan (delete Zhu Sha)(Arrest Seizures Pill) 定涎丸(減硃砂)


This information is a reference tool for Chinese herbal studies. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult a primary health professional if you require health advisory.