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.

Store in an airtight container at a dry and well-ventilated place. Protect from worms and moths.

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.