Bombyx Batryticatus

 

Source
The larva in 4th to 5th stadium of Bombyx mod L. (silkworm) infected by Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill.

Characteristics
The dried larva as shortly striped, curved and wrinkled, 2-5 cm long, 0.5-0.7 cm in diameter. Surface grey-white to grey-yellow, glaucescent (the hyphae and spores of Beauveria). Head somewhat rounded, tail slightly bifurcate, with somites and 8 pairs of feet on the abdomen. Hard and brittle in texture. Section flat, outer layer white, 4 bright black gland rings at the middle. Unpleasant odour. Sour and acrid in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to liver and lung channels.

Indication
1. Expel wind, dissolve phlegm and relieve spasm: For convulsion due to liver-wind stirring inside, especially for that induced by wind-phlegm and exogenous wind, such as epilepsy, tetanus, apoplexy with distortion of the face; also for acute and chronic infantile convulsion, especially for that due to phlegm-heat.
2. Expel wind, alleviate pain and itching: For wind-heat syndrome with headache, ocular pain, sorethroat and prurigo.
3. Eliminate phlegm and disperse the lumps: For subcutaneous nodule and scrofula.

Pharmacological Action
Oral dose of 2.5g/kg exerts sedative and hypnotic effect in mice, similar to hypodermic injection of phenobarbital (50mg/ kg).

Administration Decoction: 3-10g.


   

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