Botanical Name: Scorpio

Quan Xie

Quan Xie

Category: Extinguish Wind and Stops Tremors

Taste: Salty, Acrid
Temperature: Neutral
Channels Entered: Liver

Dosage: 2-4.5g in decoctions; 0.6-1g when powdered and swallowed.

Key Characteristics:

  • Strongly extinguishes Liver wind
  • Stops spasms and pain

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Because this substance is toxic, always use  with caution and never exceed recommended dosage.
  • Contraindicated in patterns of wind associated with blood deficiency.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.

Actions & Indications:

  • Extinguishes wind and stops tremors and convulsions: for Liver wind and phlegm patterns with such symptoms as spasms, acute or chronic childhood convulsions, tetany, opisthotonos, tics, muscular tetany, and seizures.  This is one of the more effective wind-extinguishing substances.
  • Tracks down wind, unblocks the collaterals, and stops pain: for stubborn headaches (including migraines) and painful obstruction.
  • Attacks and resolves fire toxicity and dissipates nodules: used topically for toxic sores, swellings, and scrofula in accordance with the maxim “Use toxin to attack toxin.”