Cryptotympana pustulata

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Historical Use of Cryptotympana pustulata

Cryptotympana pustulata in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chantui ²õÍË Chanyi ²õÒÂ Chinese Name (pinyin): Chantui

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Cicada Slough

Specific Name  : Periostracum cicadae

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn and summer, removed from mud and sand and dried in the sun.

Description  : Slightly ellipsoidal and curved, about 3.5cm long, 2cm wide. The outer surface yellowish brown, translucent, lustrous. The head with a pair of filiform antennae, usually dropped, compound eyes projected. The anterior end of the frons projected, mouth and snout develops, labium short and wide, labium short and wide, labium extended into a tube. The dorsal surface of the thorax with a cross split of inward curved margin. Each side of the dorsum bears two small wings. The ventral surface bears three pairs of leg, covered with yellowish brown minute hairs. The abdomen obtuse round, 9 segments, light hollowed, fragile, odourless and taste slight.

Identification  :

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, wash clean and dry in the sun.

Action  : To dispel wind-heat, to soothe sore throat, to promote eruption, to clear the eye if corneal opacity, and to arrest spasm.

Indication  : upper respiratory tract infection with sore throat, hoarseness, measles with inadequate eruption; urticaria with itching; inflammation of the eye with formation of corneal opacity; convulsion, tetanus

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 3 to 6 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place, protected from pressure.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Hye-Sun Lim, Joong-Sun Kim, Byeong Cheol Moon, Goya Choi, Seung Mok Ryu, Jun Lee, Mary Jasmin Ang, Mijin Jeon, Changjong Moon, Gunhyuk Park
Cicadidae Periostracum, the Cast-Off Skin of Cicada, Protects Dopaminergic Neurons in a Model of Parkinson's Disease.
Oxid Med Cell Longev: 2019, 2019;5797512
[PubMed:31772707] [] [DOI] (I e)

Lu Yang, Yan Wang, Aobulikasimu Nuerbiye, Ping Cheng, Jin-Hui Wang, Rena Kasimu, Hong Li
Effects of Periostracum Cicadae on Cytokines and Apoptosis Regulatory Proteins in an IgA Nephropathy Rat Model.
Int J Mol Sci: 2018, 19(6);
[PubMed:29844269] [] [DOI] (I e)

Yi-hsuan Lin, Yu-chun Chen, Sindy Hu, Hsing-yu Chen, Jiun-liang Chen, Sien-hung Yang
Identifying core herbal treatments for urticaria using Taiwan's nationwide prescription database.
J Ethnopharmacol: 2013, 148(2);556-62
[PubMed:23684721] [] [DOI] (I p)



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