Elaphe carinata

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Historical Use of Elaphe carinata

Elaphe carinata in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Shetui

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Snake Slough

Specific Name  : Pericarpium serpentis

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected from the end of spring to early winter, removed from soil and sand and dried.

Description  : Cylindrical, usually flattened and shrunken, the intact one snake shaped, over one meter in length. Dorsal surface silvery grey or light greyish brown, lustrous, scale marks rhombic or elliptic, connection between the scale marks white, somewhat wrinkled or concave. Ventral surface milky white or slightly yellow, scale marks rectangular, imbricate. Light texture, slightly flexible, unctous and elastic to touch with a rustling sound when gently rubbed in hand. Odour slightly stinking taste weak or slightly salty.Acid insoluble ash: Not more than 3.0% (appendix lX K)

Identification  :

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter and cut into sections.Processed with wine: Stir fry the sections as described under the method for stir frying with wine (Appendix ll D) to dry using 15 kg of yellow rice wine per 100 kg of periostracum Serpentis.

Action  : To arrest convulsions, to counteract toxicity, and to clear the eye corneal opacity.

Indication  :

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 2 to 3 g to be made into decoction, or 0.3 to 0.6 g to be ground into powder for oral administration.

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

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Qianqian Wu, Xin Xu, Qinxi Chen, Jun Ji, Yunchao Kan, Lunguang Yao, Qingmei Xie
Pathogens: 2019, 8(4);
[PubMed:31614719] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)

Bing Zhang, Jing Ren, Daode Yang, Shuoran Liu, Xinguo Gong
Comparative analysis and characterization of the gut microbiota of four farmed snakes from southern China.
PeerJ: 2019, 7;e6658
[PubMed:30956901] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)

Shimin Sun, Denghong Zhang, Jing Zhang, Chunhong Huang, Ying Xiong
Toxicon: 2018, 153;32-38
[PubMed:30170166] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

W Liu, T Wang, T B Liu, L Tan, C C Lv, Y Liu
The occurrence of the strongylid nematodes Kalicephalus brachycephalus, K. bungari and K. indicus in snake species from Hunan Province, China.
J. Helminthol.: 2017, 91(3);384-386
[PubMed:27188582] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Hongyu Han, Youling Wu, Hui Dong, Shunhai Zhu, Liujia Li, Qiping Zhao, Di Wu, Enle Pei, Yange Wang, Bing Huang
First report of Hepatozoon (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina) from king ratsnakes (Elaphe carinata) in Shanghai, with description of a new species.
Acta Parasitol.: 2015, 60(2);266-74
[PubMed:26203995] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)



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