Bi, male, age: 35
The patient found several lumps on the lateral side of the thigh and
arms. It was diagnosed as pimeloma at the Luwan District Central Hospital in Shanghai. After the tumors were incised, some neoplastic ones appeared in other parts of the body.
The patient was hospitalized in 1962 and treated by Dr. Chen Susheng at Shanghai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The patient's symptoms were considered to be caused by invasion of the muscles by wind and accumulation of phlegm. Appropriate treatment involved focusing on dispelling wind and phlegm, dredging meridians and dissipating lumps.
Ingredients of the administered medicine were as follows:
batryticated silkworm 18g
cicada slough 18g
prepared pangolin scales 18g
bat's droppings 18g
The above ingredients were ground into fine powder to be prepared into pills with water. Three grams of the pills were taken each time, three times per day.
After one dose of the pills was taken, the tumors disappeared gradually. After another dose was taken, the tumors disappeared completely. In 1964 when a relapse occurred, the same formula was prescribed and good result was achieved.
In treating the patient in this case, Dr. Chen administered insect and animal ingredients to expel wind and phlegm, dredge meridians and dissipate lumps. In the formula, scorpion and centipede were administered to counteract toxins and remove tumor; batryticated silkworm dispelled wind, resolved phlegm, dissipated mass, and promote flow of meridian
qi; cicada slough dispelled wind, relieved heat and ventilated the lung; while bat's droppings resolved blood stasis, dredged meridians and removed phlegm. Since the medicine was suitable for the syndrome, finally the patient was cured.