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Sang Piao Xiao

Sang Piao Xiao
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Naming

Sang Piao Xiao (Ovum of Mantis)——Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (Shen Nong’s Herbal)

  1. Mantis Egg-case
  2. 桑螵蛸
  3. Ovum of Mantis

The Processing of Sang Piao Xiao

Origin

The egg case of Tenodera sinensis Saussure, Statilia maculate (Thunberg) or Hierodula patellifera (Serville) of the family Mantidae. Called Tuan Piao Xiao, Chang Piao Xiao, He Piao Xiao respectively.

Location

Produced in most areas in China.

Harvest

Collccted from late autumn to spring. Kill the egg by steaming and sun-dried.

Best quality

Dry, whole, unhatched, yellow, light and tough, without impurities.

Processing

Unprocessed or stir-baked with salt solution.

The Effect of Sang Piao Xiao

Property

Sweet, astringent, neutral; liver and kidney meridians entered.

Action

Secure essence and reduce urination, tonify kidney and strengthen yang.

Indications

A. Seminal emission, spermatorrhea, enuresis, frequent urination

It can tonify kidney qi, and also strengthen essence gate and reduce urination. Therefore, it is an appropriate herb for seminal emission, spermatorrhea, enuresis, frequent urination and leukorrhagia due to kidney deficiency and it is especially skilled in reducing urination. For enuresis in children, frequent or difficult urination during pregnancy or afrer delivery, it could be used singly or combined with Long Gu to astringe. For seminal emission and spermatorrhea due to kidney deficiency, it is combined with astringents. For instance, it is used with Long Gu, Wu Wei Zi and toasted Fu Zi in the formula Sang Piao Xiao Wan from Shi Yi De Xiao Fang.

B. Impotence due to kidney deficiency

It can tonify kidney and strengthen yang. For impotence due to kidney deficiency, it is combined with herbs such as Lu Rong, Rou Cong Rong and Tu Si Zi.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 6~10 g.

Cautions

It can tonify yang and astringe, so it is contraindicated in cases of yin deficiency with effulgent fire, and heat in bladder.