English Name: tabanus, gadfly, horsefly
Pharmaceutical Name: Tabanus
Medica Category: Blood-Invigorating and Stasis-Removing Herbs
Properties: Meng Chong enters the Liver channel; it is bitter in nature and cool in temperature. Considered slightly toxic.
The Chinese Herb Meng Chong is gadflies/horseflies (Tabanus bivttatus Matsumura) that have been either boiled or steamed and sun-dried for use as medicine.
Meng Chong enters the Liver channel to break up severe blood stasis that can present clinically as amenorrhea, irregular menstruation, and/or postpartum bleeding (with palpable masses) as well as traumatic/sports injuries with bruising and pain.
Contraindicated during pregnancy and in the absence of significant blood stasis.