Pharmaceutical Name: Scolopendra
Zoological Name: Scolopendra subspinipes
mutilams L. Koch
Common Name: Centipede
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao
Part Used: The centipede is caught in spring,
and then it is boiled, dried and pounded into
powder, or fixed to bamboo slats to dry.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent, warm and
1. To subdue endogenous wind and stop spasms;
2. To dispel toxins;
3. To clear collaterals and stop pain
1. Acute and chronic convulsions or tetany
manifested as spasms, convulsions of the limbs
and ophisthotonos. Centipede (Wugong) is used
with Scorpion (Quanxie), White-stiff silkworm
(Baijiangcan) and Uncaria stem (Gouteng).
2. Stubborn headache and rheumatic pain.
Centipede (Wugong) is used with Scorpion (Quanxie),
Gastrodia tuber (Tianma), White-stiff silkworm
(Baijiangcan) and Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong).
Dosage: 1-3 g; 0.6-1 g for powder
Cautions & Contraindications: This substance
is toxic. Overdosing should be avoided. This
substance is contraindicated during pregnancy.