English Name: eupolyphaga
Alternate Pinyin Name: Tu Bie Chong
Pharmaceutical Name: Eupolyphaga
Medica Category: Blood-Invigorating and Stasis-Removing Herbs
Properties: Di Bie Chong enters the Liver channel; it is salty in nature and cold in temperature. Considered slightly toxic.
The Chinese Herb Di Bie Chong is the dried body of a wingless species of cockroach native to Western China and Mongolia (Eupophylaga sinensis Walk.).
Di Bie Chong breaks up and eliminates blood stasis that is characterized by pain and palpable immobile abdominal masses. Disorders this herb is excellent for addressing include amenorrhea, traumatic/sports injuries, and palpable abdominal masses.
Di Bie Chong connects tendons and fuses bones and can be used to treat torn tendons/ligaments and bone fractures caused by traumatic/sports injuries.
Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Use with caution in the absence of blood stasis.
Di Bie Chong should be used with caution in persons taking anticoagulant medications 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 effects.