INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Carapax Trionycis
Carapax Amydae
Common English: Chinese Soft-Shell Turtle Shell
Tortoise Shell (Dorsal Side)
Herbs that Tonify the Yin
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Salty
Slightly Cold
(Cold)
Liver
Spleen
(Kidney)
9-30g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Nourishes Yin and anchors Yang

Yin Deficiency with fever, steaming bone disorder, night sweats or consumption

Internal stirring of Liver Wind

Invigorates the Blood, promotes menstruation, softens hardness and dissipates nodules

Chest and flank accumulations with pain and amenorrhea

Excessive menstruation due to Hot Blood

Malarial disorders with palpable masses

Heavily anchors, descends, unblocks and facilitates the functions of the Blood vessels

Problems in children due to internal clumping

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with Spleen Deficiency Cold with anorexia and diarrhea.
  • Contraindicated for those with Liver Deficiency without Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with unresolved Exterior Invasion.
  • Use caution for those with impotence.
  • Use of this herb is occasionally associated with allergic response.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Plastrum Testudinis
Gui Ban

Plastrum Testudinis
Gui Ban

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Hb. Artemisiae Annuae
Qing Hao
(Cx. Moutan)
(Mu Dan Pi)

Steaming bones and night sweats due to Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Heat Rising.

Calms the Liver, subdues Yang and extinguishes Wind to treat vertigo and tinnitus associated with Yin Deficiency with Yang Rising and deficient Wind moving internally.

Extreme injury to Yin leading to internal stirring of Liver Wind and tremors.

Injured Yin in the aftermath of a febrile disease with fever and night sweats followed by a sense of cooling in the morning.

Cx. Lycii Radicis
Di Gu Pi
Hb. Artemisiae Annuae
Qing Hao
(Rx. Stellariae)
(Yin Chai Hu)

Cx. Lycii Radicis
Di Gu Pi
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Bai
Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen

Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Long Gu
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao

Afternoon fever, night sweats and steaming bone disorder due to Yin Deficiency.

Steaming bone disorder in children with irritability around the diaphragm and palpitations.

Yin Deficiency with Internal movement of Wind manifesting in general or localized tremors.

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu
Per. Citri Reticulatae Viride
Qing Pi

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Succinum
Hu Po

Gel. Corii Asini
E Jiao
Fol. Artemisiae Argyi
Ai Ye
Charred Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Hard immobile masses of the epigastrium and abdomen.

Amenorrhea with abdominal masses.

Excessive menstruation and uterine bleeding.

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Eupolyphaga/Steleophaga
Tu Bie Chong

Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren
Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu

Chronic malarial disorders with organomegaly and hypochondriac pain.

An unreleased exterior problem and Interior Fire from constraint marked by fever that becomes higher in the afternoon with incomplete bowel movements.

Accumulation of Food Stagnation and buildup of Blood giving rise to long-term alternating chills and fever.

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Long Gu

Rx. Paeoniae Alba (high dose)
Bai Shao
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao
Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Chronic non-healing sores and ulcerations.

Liver Wind.

Steaming bones, night fever, night sweats, weight loss, cough and fatigue.

Rx. Stellariae
Yin Chai Hu
Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao
Hb. Artemisiae Annuae
Qing Hao
Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Fr. Mume
Wu Mei
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren
Flos Carthami
Hong Hua
Extremitas Radicis Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui Wei
Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao
Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu
Ram. Cinnamomi
Gui Zhi
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia

Rz. Belamcandae
She Gan
Tabanus
Meng Chong
Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Tuberculosis with chronic consumptive dry cough and blood-streaked sputum.

Amenorrhea or masses from Blood Stagnation.

Abdominal masses from malaria.

Rx. Dichroae
Chang Shan
Rz. Cimicifugae
Sheng Ma
Rz. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
Endoconcha Sepiae
Hai Piao Xiao

Rx. Dichroae
Chang Shan
Rx. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi
Hb. Phylostachys
Zhu Ye
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen
Rz. Polygoni Cuspidati
Hu Zhang
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Chronic malarial disorders.

Warm malarial disorders.

Hepatomegaly or splenomegaly.

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Spica Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Rx. Cyathulae
Chuan Niu Xi
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li

 

 

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  1. Use this substance calcined and powdered for Intestinal Abscesses and abdominal pain.
  2. Glue made from Bie Jia - Colla Carapax Trionycis Bie Jia Jiao is richer, more cloying and very effective at tonifying Yin and Blood. It is most commonly used for consumption from Deficiency or exhausted Yin and Blood with tidal fevers and Internal movement of Liver Wind. The dosage is 3-9 gm. Dissolve in hot water the add to the decoction.
  3. It is said to cure hard abdominal masses.
  4. This substance has been shown to be effective in treating Liver and Stomach cancers and lympholeukemia.
  5. This substance dispels undigested food, hard abdominal masses, leukorrhagia and Blood Stasis.
  6. In Japan, the whole turtle is decocted to treat various cancers.
  7. Both Bie Jia and Concha Ostreae Mu Li are heavy substances that anchor floating Yang or subdue ascendant Yang. Both are salty, soften areas of hardness and benefit Yin. Bie Jia more strongly tonifies Yin and is cooling at a deeper level, to treat steaming bones and night sweats. Mu Li more strongly anchors and subdues Yang and is astringent to prevent leakage of fluids such as sweat, seminal emissions and vaginal discharge. it also calms the Spirit.
  8. Both Bie Jia and Plastrum Testudinis Gui Ban are shells that enrich Yin, subdue Yang and soften areas of hardness. Bie Jia primarily enters the Liver channel with a stronger ability to enrich Yin and soften areas of hardness and is used for gynecological conditions, such as abdominal masses and clumping around the flanks. It is salty, cold and green so it enters the Liver. it treats illnesses related to the Liver channel Blood level. It travels the Chong channel. Gui Ban primarily enters the Kidneys and being sweet, it has a superior ability to enrich the Yin in order to anchor the Yang while also unblocking the Ren channel to treat such gynecological problems as continuous uterine bleeding. It is black, so it enters the Kidneys and treats all illnesses of the Kidney channel Blood level. It also unblocks the Heart.
  9. Vinegar-fried Soft-Shell Turtle Shell Cu Chao Bie Jia enters the Liver and has a stronger ability to soften areas of hardness and disperse clumping. It excels in attacking hard areas and does not deplete Qi. It is used to treat abdominal masses and accumulations.