English Name: bungarus, agkistrodon
Literal Translation: “white flower snake”
Pharmaceutical Name: Bungarus Parvus
Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Channel and Collateral Opening Herbs
Properties: Bai Hua She enters the Liver channel; it is sweet and salty in nature and warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Bai Hua She is the entire dried body (minus the head and viscera) of the many-branded krait (Bungarus multicinctus Blyth), a kind of venomous snake living across China and Southeast Asia.
Bai Hua She dispel wind and opens channels and collaterals. It travels along the skin, enters the internal organs and penetrates down into the bones and is used to treat forms of bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) that manifest in numbness and paralysis (e.g. post-stroke complications).
Bai Hua She dispels wind from the skin to treat dermatological disorders with itching (e.g. rashes, tinea, and other chronic, itchy skin conditions).