Can Sha - Silkworm Feces

TCM Materia Medica

Can Sha TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "can sha" which in english is "silkworm feces", is categorized within the "herbs that dispel wind dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Expels wind-damp - bi syndromes, itchy rashes due to wind-damp.
  • Harmonizes the stomach, transforms turbid dampness - vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pain, borborygmus.

As noted above, can sha is within the herbs that dispel wind dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for wind-dampness from the muscle, sinews, joints, and bones; bi-syndromes. wind-predominant bi (xing bi) - pain moves from joint to join…)".

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