Bungaris Parvus

 

Source
The whole body (viscera discarded) of Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus Blyth., family Elapidae.

Characteristics
Whole snake coiled as a rounded disc which is 3-15 cm in diameter, with the head located at the center and the tail inserted in the mouth. The body of snake 0.3-2.0 cm in diameter. Dorsal surface black, with many white transverse lines, and a projecting ridge in the middle, scales fine and dense; ventral surface yellow-white, scales larger. Stinking in odour. Sweet and salty in taste, warm in nature, toxic, and attributive to liver channel.

Indication
1. Expel wind, dredge the channels, relieve muscular spasm: For rheumatism, especially the intractable cases and those with wandering arthralgia, numbness of the extremities and muscular spasm; also for apoplexy complicated by distortion of face and hemiplegia.
2. Relieve convulsive seizures: For infantile convulsion, tetanus and convulsion after apoplexy.
3. Expel wind and alleviate itching: For itching induced by scabies, tinea infection and urticaria.
4. Remove toxic materials: For leprosy, scrofula, and severe skin infections.

Pharmacological Action
1. Analgesic, sedative.
2. Hypotensive owing to its vasodilative effect.

Administration Decoction: 3-10g. Powder: 1.0-1.5g.


   

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