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. 1988 Dec;24(2-3):247-85.
doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(88)90157-2.

Insect-derived Crude Drugs in the Chinese Song Dynasty


Insect-derived Crude Drugs in the Chinese Song Dynasty

T Namba et al. J Ethnopharmacol. .


Fifty-four kinds of crude drug derived from insects are listed in the "herbal" Jing-shi-zheng-lei-da-guang-ben-cao (1108 A.D.) edited during the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1280 A.D.). We considered each of them from the viewpoint of various herbals and have commented on them, the order being adhered to in most cases. We added our own findings of identification of insect crude drugs available on the market. The crude drugs emphasized are mantis egg case, wasp's nest, scarab larva, red cicada, snipe fly, horse fly, flying cockroach, Eupolyphaga, Chinese Cantharides and scarab beetle. Others are discussed to a lesser extent.

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