The anteater is classified as a second-class protected species by the China government. The Singapore government has banned its imports.
Source The scales of Manis pentaaactyAz L, (Fam. Mandae)
Producing Areas Mainly in Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou
Properties Salty, Slightly Cold
Channels Liver, Stomach
- Promotes blood circulation to remove blood stasis; disperses lumps, relieves carbuncle and drains pus, and opens channels
Treats blood-stasis syndrome with amenia, dysmenorrhea, abdominal mass, subcutaneous nodule, scrofula. The early stage of the carbuncle, unruptured abscess, chronic rheumatism with pain, spasm and stiffness of extremities.
- Treats lactogenesis
Treats galactostasis; usually used with Semen Vaccariae.
Usage and Dosage
3-10 g is used in decoction for oral use; 1-1.5 g of powder is swallowed per consumption. When prepared with sand, it can be used to subdue pyogenic inflammation, expel wind and remove dampness. When prepared with vinegar, it is used to regulate menstruation and promote lactation.
Contraindicated for pregnant women and in cases of pyogenic inflammation and ulcer.
Characteristics of Herb
The shape is like a flat sheet, or half-folded fan, or triangle, rhombus shield, with different sizes, 0.5-5 cm in length and width.
The surface is dark brown or yellow brown on the back with gloss, with dozens of vertical lines and several horizontal lines on the wide end; smooth on the narrow end; 1 obvious horizontal arris line on the abdomen.
The mass is like keratin and slightly transparent, tough and elastic, difficult to break.
- Nature and Flavour
The smell is fishy. The flavour is bland.
- Processed Anteater
The processed scales are yellow-toned and brittle, with fine lines and a distinct fragrance.
Description of Quality Herb
The good one is even in size, has a bright and clean surface which is dark brown or yellowish brown in colour and skinless meat.
Store in an airtight container at a dry and well-ventilated place. Protect from worms and moths.