Elaphe taeniura

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Historical Use of Elaphe taeniura

Elaphe taeniura 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

Adriana María Albino, Bruce Rothschild, Jorge D Carrillo-Briceño, James M Neenan
Spondyloarthropathy in vertebrae of the aquatic Cretaceous snake Lunaophis aquaticus, and its first recognition in modern snakes.
Naturwissenschaften: 2018, 105(9-10);51
[PubMed:30291451] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

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)

Jun-Jie Hu, Ting-Ting Liu, Qiong Liu, G W Esch, Jin-Qing Chen
Sarcocystis clethrionomyelaphis Matuschka, 1986 (Apicomplexa: Sarcocystidae) infecting the large oriental vole Eothenomys miletus (Thomas) (Cricetidae: Microtinae) and its phylogenetic relationships with other species of Sarcocystis Lankester, 1882.
Syst. Parasitol.: 2015, 91(3);273-9
[PubMed:26063304] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Niichiro Abe, Katsuki Matsubara, Kenichi Tamukai, Yasutsugu Miwa, Kazutoshi Takami
Molecular evidence of Sarcocystis species in captive snakes in Japan.
Parasitol. Res.: 2015, 114(8);3175-9
[PubMed:26044884] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Liang Chen, Hengchuan Xia, Yiting Wang, Keping Chen, Lvgao Qin, Bin Wang, Qin Yao, Jun Li, Yuanqing He, Ermi Zhao
Proteomic profiling of liver from Elaphe taeniura, a common snake in eastern and southeastern Asia.
Genet. Mol. Biol.: 2013, 36(3);438-47
[PubMed:24130453] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)



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