Tu Bie Chong - Wingless Cockroach

TCM Materia Medica

Tu Bie Chong TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tu bie chong" which in english is "wingless cockroach", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver and spleen channels and exhibits cold (han) and salty (xian) 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: 3-6g

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

  • Breaks up and drives out blood stasis - wide variety of blood stasis such as abdominal masses and amenorrhea, numb and swollen tongue due to blood stasis.
  • Renews joints, sinews, bones - contusions, fractures, lacerations.

Tu Bie Chong has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid During Pregnancy

As noted above, tu bie chong is within the herbs that invigorate blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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