Pharmaceutical Latin: Periostracum Serpentis
Common English: Snake Skin Slough
Herbs that Dispel Wind and Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Powder: 0.3-0.6g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Dispels Wind and stops spasms

Skin lesions due to Wind and for other Wind patterns such as childhood convulsions, epilepsy and seizures

Removes superficial visual obstruction

Pterygium or disorders of the cornea such as nebulae

Resolves toxins

Sore throat, oral ulcerations, carbuncles, hemorrhoids and scabies

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Rash due to Wind-Heat.

Superficial visual obstruction.


  1. This is often used as a stand-alone herb to treat skin lesions, seizures and convulsions associated with wind and for eye disorders.
  2. This herb is used to treat transverse presentation at childbirth.
  3. It is used for stubborn diseases in adults and improves eyesight.
  4. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  5. When burnt, it heals various malignant sores and kills parasites.
  6. it is said to expel pathogenic Wind.
  7. When ground and taken orally, it is said to mammary abscess, acute pharyngitis in adults, phlyctenular keratitis with a rigid tongue, sublingual swelling and a swollen palate in infants.
  8. To treat unbearable earache with bleeding, char and grind into a powder the blow into the ear with a feather.
  9. For long lasting malignant boils, char one slough, mix with lard and apply to the lesion, the char another slough and take with wine.
  10. For hard masses, with no pus, make a paste and apply every night.
  11. for carbuncles, furuncles and boils decoct this substance in 160ml of water and either drink or apply to the lesion.
  12. For pyogenic navel sores, calcine, grind and mix with an egg white for external application.
  13. Wine-prepared Snake Skin Jiu She Tui tastes better and is better able to dispel Wind. It treats childhood convulsions, itchy skin and superficial visual obstruction.