English Name: sloughed-off snake skin
Pharmaceutical Name: Periostracum Serpentis
Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Channel and Collateral Opening Herbs
Properties: She Tui enters the Liver channel; it is sweet and salty in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb She Tui is the sloughed-off skin of the beauty rat snake (Elaphe taeniurus), a species of semi-arboreal snake the ranges across Southeast Asia and Southern China.
She Tui dispels wind and stops spasms. It is used clinically to treat childhood convulsions and seizures.
She Tui dispels wind from the skin and is used to relieve itchy rashes.
She Tui benefits the eyes and improves vision. Clinically, it is used to treat pterygium or disorders of the cornea (w/superficial visual obstructions).