Bing Lang - Betel Nut, Areca Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Bing Lang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bing lang" which in english is Bing Lang herb"betel nut, areca seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that expel parasites" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-12g
  • Alone: 120g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Kills parasites - tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms, blood flukes, helps expel body of worms as well.
  • Promote movement of Qi, reduce stagnation - drains down and unblocks the bowels, food accumulation, abdominal distention, constipation, tenesmus.
  • Promote urination - damp phlegm and malarial disorders.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding bing lang:

Also Used For:
Orally, areca is used as a recreational drug because of its central nervous system (CNS) stimulating properties.  It is also used orally for the treatment of schizophrenia, but is otherwise rarely used therapeutically.  Historically, areca has been used for glaucoma and as a mild stimulant and digestive aid.

As noted above, bing lang is within the herbs that expel parasites functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... herbs in this category are used to remove a variety of parasites and associated symptoms. roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms para-umbilical pain, vomiting, change in appetite or deranged appetite, itching in rectum, nose, and/or ears, emaci…)".

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