Pharmaceutical Latin: Mylabris
Common English: Mylabris
Chinese Blistering Beetle
Telini Fly
Substances for Topical Application
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Very Toxic
Large Intestine
(Small Intestine)
Topically: 0.1-0.3g
Tincture: 5-15 drops
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Attacks toxin and erodes sores

Topically for sores, carbuncles and scrofula

Dog bites

Invigorates the Blood, dispels Blood Stasis and disperses clumps

Palpable fixed masses and local distention due to Blood Stasis

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those who are weak.
  • Use extreme caution-use only minute doses.
  • Do not use long term.
  • It can lead to gastroenteritis and nephritis.
  • It may be fatal.
  • Do not apply to an open wound.
  • Antagonizes Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao.
  • Counteracts Sm. Crotonis Ba Dou.
  • Counteracts Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae Dan Shen.

Ming Fan
Indigo Naturalis
Qing Dai

Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Quan Xie
Wu Gong

Chronic, non-healing, suppurative sores.

Amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis.

As a pill coated with Cinnabaris Zhu Sha for chronic persistent muscle and joint pain.

Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Rx. Dioscoreae
Rz. Bletillae
Bai Ji

Rx. Euphorbiae Kansui
Gan Sui

Hb. Menthae
Bo He
Egg Whites

Internally for immobile masses of the Liver.

Mix with vinegar and apply topically several times daily for psoriasis or fungal infection.

Internally for scrofula.

Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang



Amenorrhea from Blood Stagnation.



  • 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, OHAI lists it in the Insecticide, Bactericide, and Fungicide category, other sources list it as a Blood Invigorating herb.
  • This herb irritates the skin causing redness and blisters which then burst and heal, literally wearing away the sore.
  • It causes blistering (strong effect, slow onset). There is little pain with rapid healing and often no scar. If applied to an open wound, it can cause irreversible damage.
  • Mixed with garlic, it can be used topically for sores, carbuncles and furuncles.
  • It has an anti-tumoral effect.
  • It causes cancer tissue to break and decay.
  • It is reported to be effective in treating esophageal, gastric, Liver, cardiac, Lung and breast cancers.
  • Use internally for Liver or gastrointestinal cancer.
  • For gastric and esophageal cancers and cervical lymphosarcoma, grind into a powder and apply to ST-36 to induce a blister. Simultaneously steam one insect and an egg and take three times a day.
  • One source says that it induces abortion.
  • It is said to treat hernial disorders.
  • It also treats facial paralysis, Bi syndrome, alopecia areata, urolithiasis and verruca warts.
  • For warts, nevus and melanoma, pound together three Ban Mao, 15g polished glutinous rice and one garlic. Apply topically to the lesion.
  • To treat furuncles and swelling, crush Ban Mao and apply to the lesion while it is being scratched with a needle.
  • This substance, in combination with chemotherapy can control leukopenia in patients with leukemia.
  • Mylabris Ban Mao attacks toxicity and wears away putrefication and is highly toxic. Lithargyrum Mi Tuo Seng is acrid, salty and neutral. It can kill parasites, reduce swelling, astringe urine, generate flesh and excels at treating tinea due to Dampness and skin eruptions due to sweating.
  • Despite its toxicity, it is a significant remedy for treating severe conditions such as carcinomas, viral and fungal infections, leukocyte Deficiency and reproductive deficiencies including sterility and impotence.
  • Ban Mao plaster is used worldwide and is the most effective, widely used and important counterirritant known
  • Rice Mylabris Mi Ban Mao is less toxic and better tasting so that it can be taken internally to unblock menstruation and break up mobile and fixed masses.