She Tui – Sloughed Snake Skin – Periostracum Serpentis

She Tui

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.

What is She Tui?:

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.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of She Tui:

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).