Chan Tui


Chan Tui in TCM:

Explore the properties of Chan Tui according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: cicada moulting
Pharmacuetical Name: Periostracum Cicadae
Properties: sweet, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, LV

Flavors: sweet

Special Properties:
clears heat, disperses wind

Actions / Indications:
  • Dispel Wind Heat (wind-heat or early stage of warm febrile diseases causing fever, headache; especially for loss of voice, sore throat and hoarseness)
  • Vents rashes; relieves itching (early stage measles with incomplete expression of rash; wind-rash; skin itch)
  • Clears eyes; removes superficial visual obstruction (eye problems due to wind-heat: red, swollen, painful eyes; blurry vision; pterygium)
  • Extinguishes internal wind; relieves spasms (internal LV wind, tetanus, spasms, convulsions; night terrors)

    Special Notes:
  • Combine with Ju Hua to treat red eyes
  • Tetanus: according to one report, 8 patients with tetanus were treated with Chan Tui with success. Adults were given 45-60g of Chan Tui powder with 90-120 mL of grain based liquor and antibiotic therapy for 7 to 17 days.

  • (cc: pregnancy caution)
  • (cc: exterior deficiency)