Bie Jia

Botanical Name: Trionycis Carapax

Category: Tonify the Yin

Taste: Salty

Temperature: Slightly Cold

Channels Entered: Liver, Spleen

Dosage: 9-30g

Key Characteristics: Tonifies the yin, subdues the yang, clears heat from deficiency, softens areas of hardness, and disperses clumping.

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy and in those with cold from deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach.

Actions & Indications:

  • Nourishes the yin and anchors the yang: for yin deficiency with fever, steaming bone disorder, nightsweats, or consumption. Often used when there are also symptoms of internal stirring of Liver wind.
  • Invigorates the blood, promotes menstruation, and dissipates nodules: for such symptoms as chest and flank accumulations causing pain and amenorrhea, as well as malarial disorders with palpable masses. Also for excessive menstruation due to hot blood.
  • Heavily anchors and causes to descend, unblocks and facilitates the functions of the blood vessels: for problems in children due to internal clumping.