Pharmaceutical Latin: Eupolyphaga/Steleophaga
Common English: Ground Beetle
Wingless Cockroach
Herbs that Regulate Blood: Herbs that Invigorate Blood
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Toxic
Decoction: 3-12g
Powder: 1-1.5g
Cancers: 9-15g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Breaks up and drives out Blood Stasis, invigorates Blood circulation and disperses lumps and masses

Blood Stasis with abdominal masses and amenorrhea

Swollen tongue due to Blood Stasis

Knits together sinews and joins bones

Traumatic injury with lacerations, contusions and fractures

Lumbar strain (toasted and ground into a powder)

  • Contraindicated if there is no Blood Stasis.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • It may cause sinus bradycardia.
  • It may cause allergic reaction affecting the skin.
  • It may cause generalized weakness, nausea, vertigo and gastrointestinal irritation.
  • Use with caution for patients taking anticoagulants such as heparin, warfarin (Coumadin) and enoxaparin (Lovenox) or antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin, dipyridamole (Persantine) and clopidogrel (Plavix) as concurrent use may have an additive or synergistic effect.

Rx. Et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin
Rx. Notoginseng
San Qi
Endothelium Corneum Gigeriae Galli
Ji Nei Jin

Pollen Typhae
Pu Huang
Faeces Trogopterori
Wu Ling Zhi

Breaks up fixed abdominal masses from Blood Stasis.

Hepatomegaly with pain and soreness of the right upper quadrant.

With additional Blood invigorators for ectopic pregnancies with amenorrhea, pain and fixed, palpable masses.

Ru Xiang
Mo Yao
Rz. Drynariae
Gu Sui Bu
Zi Ran Tong

Rx. Et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Shui Zhi
Meng Chong

Rx. Et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren

Trauma induced pain, swelling and fracture.

Amenorrhea caused by Blood Stasis.

Menstrual pain or postpartum abdominal pain due to Blood Stasis.

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Cx. Moutan
Mu Dan Pi

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rz. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong


Immobile abdominal masses due to Blood Stasis.

External or traumatic injuries with bruising and pain.


  1. It unblocks breast milk.
  2. It is mainly used for gynecological Blood Stasis and healing traumatic injury.
  3. It is said that this herb treats one-sided stiffness, swelling and hardening and pain of the tongue caused by extreme accumulation of Heat toxins in cases of erysipelas and scarlet fever. Secondary symptoms include involuntary salvation and difficulty swallowing. Use 6g with 3g of salt in decoction and take twice a day.
  4. It inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
  5. It treats Stomach and Liver cancers.
  6. To treat stagnation of breast milk grind one piece into a powder, melt it in water and ingest it after filtration.
  7. To treat thick Phlegm and Stomach cancer, stew it and take twice a day.
  8. If cut with a knife, a syrupy liquid comes out, but if fit back together, the halves will connect and it will move again.
  9. Both Tu Bie Chong and Hirudo Shui Zhi break up Blood Stasis and drive out Stagnation. Tu Bie Chong also assists in the healing of sinews and bones, promotes lactation and treats numbness of the tongue. It is more appropriate for deficient conditions with Blood Stagnation than Shui Zhi.
  10. Dry-fried Ground Beetle Chao Tu Bie Chong has less toxicity and objectionable odor.
  11. Tu Bie Chong, Tabanus Meng Chong and Hirudo Shui Zhi are all very strong substances to break up Blood stasis and can easily injure Qi if not used properly. Meng Chong is the strongest, followed by Shui Zhi and then Tu Bie Chong.