English Name: turtle shell
Pharmaceutical Name: Carapax Trionycis
Medica Category: Yin-Tonifying Herbs
Properties: Bie Jia enters the Liver channel; it is salty in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Bie Jia is the outer shell (or carapace) of the Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Trionyx sinensis Wiegmann), a freshwater species of turtle endemic to China but now having a wide range of distribution across the world.
Bie Jia nourishes Liver yin to anchor rising yang, which presents with red, dry, and painful eyes, flushed face, irritability/short temper, headaches, dizziness, and vertigo. Long-term Liver yin deficiency also gives rise to a pattern called Liver wind. This pattern is characterized by many of the same heat signs in the head and face as well as by tremors, convulsions, and muscle spasms and tightness.
Bie Jia nourishes yin of the Liver to address deficiency heat presentations such as steaming bones, night sweats, and tidal fever.
Bie Jia (vinegar soaked) softens hardness and dissipates nodules to treat amenorrhea and palpable masses in the lower jiao that are caused by blood stagnation.
Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Contraindicated for persons with loose stools or diarrhea due to Spleen deficiency.
Contraindicated for those with unresolved exterior invasion.
Use of this herb is occasionally associated with allergic response.
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