Wu Gong - Centipede

TCM Materia Medica

Wu Gong TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "wu gong" which in english is "centipede", is categorized within the "herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver channels and exhibits acrid 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: 0.9-3g pills
  • 0.6-1g powders

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

  • Extinguishes wind, stops spasms and convulsions - lock jaw, seizures, acute/chronic childhood convulsions.
  • Dissipates toxins and nodules - sores, carbuncles, neck lumps, snake bite.
  • Unblocks the collaterals - painful headaches.

Wu Gong has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Do not use during pregnancy.

As noted above, wu gong is within the herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for internal wind. results from liver and kidney imbalances - yin deficiency, ascendant liver yang, blood deficiency, high fevers. symptoms: headache, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus, irritability, vomiting, palpitations with anxiety…)".

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