Botanical Name: Scolopendra

Wu Gong

Wu Gong

Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Taste: Acrid
Temperature: Warm
Channels Entered: Liver

Dosage: 1-3g in decoctions; 0.6-1g when powdered and swallowed.

Key Characteristics:

  • Extinguishes wind
  • Stops spasms, seizures, and convulsions

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • This substance is toxic, and should always be used with caution, and never in too large a dosage.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.

Actions & Indications:

  • Extinguishes wind and stops spasms and convulsions: for acute and chronic childhood convulsions, opisthotonos, lockjaw, and seizures.
  • Attacks toxin and dissipates nodules: used topically for toxic nodules in general including sores, carbuncles, and neck lumps.¬† Also used for poisonous snakebite.
  • Unblocks the collaterals and stops pain: for stubborn headaches (including migraines) and painful obstruction.