Pharmaceutical Latin: Venenum Bufonis
Common English: Toad Venom
Dried Skin Secretion of Toad
Toad Cake
Substances for Topical Application
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Pills and Powders: 0.01-0.03g
Tincture: 0.05-0.1ml up to 3 drops
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Relieves toxicity, reduces swellings and alleviates pain

Toxic Phlegm-Heat in the throat

Topically or internally for swellings, sores, carbuncles and ulcers

Expels Summerheat and Dampness, opens the orifices, awakens consciousness and tonifies the Heart

Extremely turbid Summerheat with abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and sudden loss of consciousness

Heart and Kidney Yang Deficiencies

Devastated Yang

Heart and Lung Fluid congestion

Lung Qi Stagnation with Cold Phlegm

Attacks toxins, reduces swellings resists cancer and stops panic

Various types of cancer

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding or nursing.
  • Use with caution internally.
  • Keep out of eyes (antidote - Rx. Arnebiae seu Lithospermi Zi Cao).
  • Toxic signs: malaise, unrest, nausea, numbness of the mouth, lips, and extremities, dizziness and chest discomfort.
  • Do not use excessively with diaphoretics herbs to disperse toxicity.

Ming Fan
Indigo Naturalis
Qing Dai

Zhen Zhu
Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang
She Xiang

Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu
Flos Caryophylli
Ding Xiang

Chronic, non healing, suppurative sores.

Severe non ulcerated sores and abscesses, especially of the mouth, gums and throat.

Abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and sudden loss of consciousness associated with Summerheat-stroke.

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Quan Xie
Wu Gong

Phlegm and turbid filth veiling the Orifices.

Delirium, high fever and convulsions.

Topically for sores due to Heat toxin, throat Bi or periodontal disorders.

Amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis.

As a pill coated with Cinnabaris Zhu Sha for chronic persistent muscle and joint pain.

Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rz. Bletillae
Bai Ji

Hb. Solani Nigri
Long Kui
Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
(Rz. Polygoni Cuspidati)
(Hu Zhang)

Hb. Hedyotis Diffusae
Bai Hua She She Cao
(Hb. Scutellariae Barbatae)
(Ban Zhi Lian)

Internally for immobile masses of the Liver.

Liver cancer.

Colon cancer.

Xiong Huang
She Xiang
Zhu Sha

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang
Xiong Huang
She Xiang
Bing Pian

Han Shui Shi
Fr. Crotonis
Ba Dou

Dermatological disorders characterized by Heat and toxins.

Extreme soreness and pain in the throat.

Scarlet fever.



Realgar (30%)
Xiong Huang
Rx. Glycyrrhizae(20%)
Gan Cao
Borax (20%)
Peng Sha

Unprocessed Rx. Aconiti
Chuan Wu
Unprocessed Rx. Aconiti Kusnezoffii
Cao Wu
Unprocessed Rz. Arisaematis
Tian Nan Xing
Unprocessed Rz. Pinelliae
Ban Xia
Warm Grain-Based Liquor

Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu
Flos Caryophylli
Ding Xiang
She Xiang
Xiong Huang

With 30% Chan Su as a powder topically for toothache.

Topically as a local anesthetic for minor surgeries on the five sensory organs.

As a powder blown into the patients' nostrils for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and extreme cases of turbid Summerheat.

  1. Since most sources do not have an anti-cancer section, this herb is categorized in other sections. Bensky lists it as an herb for external application, OHAI lists it in the Insecticide, Bactericide, and Fungicide category, and one source lists it as a Blood Invigorating herb.
  2. This herb irritates the skin causing redness and blisters which then burst and heal, literally wearing away the sore. It has a strong effect with a slow onset. There is little pain with rapid healing and often no scar. If applied to an open wound, it can cause irreversible damage.
  3. It has an anti fungal effect.
  4. It stimulates bone marrow to increase WBCs.
  5. It has an anti-tumor effect.
  6. This herb has an intensely rapid action that reaches externally to mobilize the joints of the limbs and internally to the organs to unbind clogging and Stasis, unblock the Heart Orifices and eliminate Heat Stasis. It is used in emergency situations to treat closed patterns.
  7. It governs sores and abscesses, the swelling of deep-seated toxic sores, scrofula, all types of noxious sores and stubborn dermatoses.
  8. When pathogenic Qi meets and enters the muscles and flesh, if constrained and not released, it then causes swollen deep-seated noxious sores which must be released through the sweat.
  9. This herb's action on the heart muscle is like digitalis, but more rapid and short-lived and without any cumulative effect.
  10. It is said that to cure infantile malnutrition, diminish abdominal masses and treat pyogenic sores, burn to ash, mix with dietetic oil and apply topically
  11. The skin removes severe poison when applied to the lesion.
  12. For carbuncles and swellings, grind 3g of Chan Su with 3g Moschus She Xiang, blend with human milk and keep in a container for drying. Mix with a little liquid, apply topically and cover.
  13. It is said that all dermatopathy can be cured with toad ash blended with vinegar and applied topically three to five times per day.