Sang Piao Xiao - Ootheca Mantidis

TCM Materia Medica

Sang Piao Xiao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "sang piao xiao" which in english is "ootheca mantidis", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits neutral (ping), salty (xian) and sweet (gan) 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: 3-10g

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

  • Tonify the kidneys, consolidate jing and restrain urine - frequent urination and other kidney deficiency.
  • Binds the intestines - stops diarrhea and dysentery.

A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Sang Piao Xiao, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence kidney jing deficiency and/or kidney qi deficiency.

Sang Piao Xiao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: bedwetting, incontinence, leukorrhea and/or spermatorrhea

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, sang piao xiao is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewSang Piao Xiao Wan (Mantis Egg Case Powder)

Frequent urination, possibly incontinent from weakness in the heart and kidney systems.  Pang Guang Shi Yue (bladder losing restraint). Other kidney deficiency signs possible such as spermatorrhea, …

As noted above, sang piao xiao is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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