Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Centipdae
Centipeda Minima
Common English: Small Centipede Herb

Herbs that Release the Exterior: Warm, Acrid Herbs that Release the Exterior

Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Warm
(San Jiao)
(Large Intestine)
(Small Intestine)
Tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Disperses Wind-Cold, removes superficial visual obstruction and unblocks the nasal passages

Acute nasal and sinus obstructive patterns both internally and topically, especially when accompanied by red and dry eyes

Alternating runny and stuffy nose

It can be used alone

Disperses Wind-Dampness, disperses pathogens, resolves toxicity, reduces swelling and benefits the joints

Topically for toxic and traumatic swellings and localized Bi pain, especially the macerated fresh herb

Resolves Phlegm and stops cough

Cold Phlegm Stagnation

Stops pain

Wind-Cold-Damp Bi

  • Contraindicated for those with Wind-Heat.
  • Over dosage should be strictly avoided.
  • Use with caution for those with gastric problems, especially peptic ulcers or gastritis.
  • Best taken within one hour of eating.
  • Use with caution for those with weak digestive systems.

Indigo Naturalis
Qing Dai
Rz. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Flos Magnoliae
Xin Yi Hua
Hb. Menthae Haplocalycis
Bo He
Hb. Houttuyniae
Yu Xing Cao

Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi
Fr. Piperis Longi
Bi Ba

As a nasal sufflation for acute headache, nasal obstruction and red, painful eyes.


As an insufflation for toothache.

Rx. Hibisci
Fu Rong
Flos Magnoliae
Xin Yi Hua

Hb. Senecionis Scandens
Qian Li Guang

Rx. Moghaniae
Yi Tiao Gen
Hb. Lycopodii
Shen Jin Cao
Caul. Hyptis Capitatae
Mo Gu Xiao
Caul. Vanieriae
Huang Jin Gui
Hb. Solidaginis
Yi Zhi Huang Hua

Nasal disorders.



  • This herb has recently been used as an important ingredient in many patent medicines for allergic rhinitis.
  • The fresh juice can be applied topically as nose drops.
  • This herb is used for a swollen face and eyes due to Cold.
  • It can also be used for Intestinal inflammation with dysentery.
  • It is said to be good for insect and snake bites.