Pharmaceutical Latin: Nidus Vespae
Common English: Wasp Nest
Hornet’s Neat
Herbs for Topical Application
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Decoction for gargles: 2.5-8g
Powder: 1-3g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Relieves toxicity, expels Wind and alleviates pain and itching

Topically as an ointment or wash skin rashes, itching, scabies, tinea, sores and carbuncles

As a gargle for severe toothaches that feel as if a worm is burrowing into the tooth

Expels Wind, dries Dampness and stops pain and itching

Wind-Damp Bi


Internal Wind

Treats tumors


Kills parasites


  • Contraindicated for those with sores that have already burst.
  • Use caution for those with Qi and Blood Deficiencies.
  • This herb is very toxic. Do not use as an anthelmintic as the dosage needed causes nephritis.

Powdered Rz. Arisaematis
Sheng Tian Nan Xing
Rx. Aconiti Kusnezoffi
Sheng Cao Wu
Sm. Phaseoli
Chi Xiao Dou
Ming Fan

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin
Ru Xiang


Ming Fan

With rice wine , as a paste for early stage sores with localized Heat, redness, firmness, swelling and pain.

Topically for hard breast sores.

As a gargle for tooth pain radiating to the side of the face or swollen gums. (possibly feeling like worms moving or tingling in the teeth)

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Periostracum Serpentis)
She Tui)

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

Ru Xiang
Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu
Spica Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

As an ointment for stubborn, purulent scrofula.

As a tincture for scabies or Wind-Rash with itching.

As a decoction for early-stage, non-ulcerated scrofula.

Rx. Aconiti
Sheng Chuan Wu
Rx. Aconiti Kusnezoffi
Sheng Cao Wu

Rz. Homalomenae
Qian Nian Jian
Wu Gong

Wu Gong

Tu Bie Chong
Caul. Spatholobi
Ji Xue Teng

As a tincture for severe pain.

Internally for joint pain and swelling.

Severe pain from gout or panarthralgia.

Quan Xie
Pseudobulbus Cremastrae/Pleiones
Shan Ci Gu

Pseudobulbus Cremastrae/Pleiones
Shan Ci Gu

Ootheca Mantidis
Sang Piao Xiao

Various tumors.

Breast cancer.

Urinary incontinence.

Fr. Crotonis (21 pieces)
Ba Dou

Wu Gong

Xiong Huang

Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can
Ru Xiang

For soft or ulcerated sore, deep fry in sesame oil, mix with powdered Lu Feng Fang and apply topically.

Ulcerations with pus.

Grind dry-fried Lu Feng Fang and Jiang Can into a powder and serve 1.5g with a decoction of Ru Xiang for children with a swollen painful throat.

Cx. Meliae
Ku Lian Pi
Per. Citri Reticulatae Viride
Qing Pi
Grain-Based Liquor

Quan Xie
Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can

Bul. Allii Sativa
Da Suan

Breast tumors, mastitis, fibrocystic breast disease, abscess or necrosing nodules in the breast. (take 10g every two days)

Nasopharyngeal cancer.


Lymphatic metastasis.

Topically for rheumatoid arthritis.

Quan Xie
Wu Gong

Tu Bie Chong







  • Since most sources do not have an anti-cancer section, this herb is categorized in other sections. Bensky lists it as an herb for external application and OHAI lists it in the Insecticide, Bactericide, and Fungicide category.
  • This herb has wasp or hornet toxins that have Wind-dispelling and detoxifying properties.
  • This herb is used topically for nonsuppurative skin conditions.
  • This herb is used topically as a powder mixed with grain-based alcohol for a swollen and painful tongue in children.
  • This herb inhibits the growth of gastric and Liver cancer cells.
  • This herb treats suppurative osteomyelitis and pyogenic carbuncles, furuncles and sores.
  • To treat bee stings and pyogenic swellings, burn into ashes with baby hair and snake slough, and take 2g a day with wine.
  • It is said that this herb cures breast cancer and galactostasis when burned to ashes and decocted (6g at a time for 6 minutes).
  • One source says that it cures pyogenic acne rosacea when roasted, ground and taken 1g at a time three times a day.
  • Bleeding tongue, spitting Blood and nasal hemorrhage can be treated by mixing 30g of the top hard part of Lu Feng Fang, 12g of Bul. Fritillariae Cirrhosae Chuan Bei Mu and 9g Hb. Aloes Lu Hui. Grind and roll with honey to make small pills. Decoct 1 pill each time in a bowel of water and take orally.
  • Use 6g of dry-fried Lu Feng Fang alone in decoction for mastitis.
  • Calcined Wasp Nest Duan Feng Fang is stronger, less toxic and easier to use.