English Name: zaocys, black snake
Pharmaceutical Name: Zaocys
Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Channel and Collateral Opening Herbs
Properties: Wu Shao She enters the Spleen and Liver channels; it is sweet and salty in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Wu Shao She is the entire dried body (minus the head and viscera) of a Southeast Asian black snake (Zaocys dhumnades (Cantor)).
Wu Shao She dispels wind, opens the channels and collaterals, and stops convulsions. It treat bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) and is used clinically to treat post-stroke complications such as numbness, paralysis, and hemiplegia.