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Wu Shao She (Zaocys, Black Striped Snake)

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Neutral Wu Shao She (Zaocys Dhumnades)
Channels:
LIV, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Salty, Neutral
Latin:
Zaocys Dhumnades
Chinese:
乌梢蛇
Tone Marks:
wū shāo shé
Translation:
Black Striped Snake

Actions

  • Dispels Wind, Opens the Channels, Stops Convulsions
    For convulsions, Bi Zheng, and post stroke deviation of the face, muscle paralysis, and hemiplegia

Contraindications and Cautions

  • None noted
  • Traditionally, contact with metal was avoided

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Reactions noted due to overdose are muscle stiffness, diminished physical activity, and respiratory depression.

Dosage

  • 5-10 grams in decoction, 2-3 grams in powder (Chen)
  • 4.5-12 grams in decoction (Bensky)