Tu Bie Chong, Chinese Ground Beetles, Wingless Cockroach
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Common Name: Chinese Ground Beetles
Chinese Name: Tu Bie Chong 土鳖虫
Latin Name: Eupolyphaga Sinensis
Other Name: Ground Beetles, Wingless Cockroach, Steleophaga Plancyi, 地鳖虫、土元、地乌龟
Origin: Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hubei, Hunan, Shandong, Taiwan Province, China
Storage: Keep in cool, dry and no light place
More About This TCM (In English):
Chinese ground beetles, also known as wingless cockroach or Tu Bie Chong in mandarin, are an important insect-type traditional medicine that has been used clinically for more than two thousand years. Main chemical constituents 17 kinds of amino acids like glutamate, 28 kinds of trace elements such as arsenic, sterols, and straight-chain aliphatic compounds.
As a traditional precious Chinese herb of regulating blood condition and trauma, it is widely used for bruises, swelling, pain, injury, and so on. Thanks to its high medicinal value on dredging collaterals, treating injury, fixing injured tendon, and curing bone fracture, it is also known as “bonesetting beetle.” In fact, it is an integral part of hundred kinds of proprietary Chinese medicines, including Dieda Wan, Zhishang powder, swelling paste, dark tanning oil, and more. In recent years, many upscale restaurants are also used it to make haute cuisine called “fried silver beetle” and “braised beetle” since it is delicious and with very high nutritional value. Clinically ground beetles are used alone or in the form of compound prescription for the treatment of many different diseases, such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, fractures, acute lumbar sprain, sciatica, overstrain-induced chest pain, advanced cancer, and so on.
1) Its extract reduces thrombus formation and its solution with traditional technique of water extraction and alcohol precipitation dissolves an intravascular thrombus;
2) Its extract inhibits platelet aggregation and adherence rate and reduces the aggregation number;
3) Its total alkaloids may improve myocardial and cerebral ischemic tolerance, reduce the oxygen consumption of the heart and brain tissue;
4) Its decoction is with lipid-lowering effect, which can delay the formation of atherosclerosis;
5) Its extract has hepatoprotective effect by inhibiting D-galactose-induced liver damage.
Read More Info. About It (In Chinese 中文介绍):
土鳖虫，中药名。为鳖蠊科昆虫地鳖Eupolyph,aga sin,ensis Walker或冀地鳖Steleophaga Plancyi (Boleny)的雌虫干燥体。捕捉后，置沸水中烫死，晒干或烘干。分布于河北、陕西、甘肃、青海、山东、河南、江苏、浙江、湖南等地。具有破血逐瘀，续筋接骨之功效。用于跌打损伤，筋伤骨折，血瘀经闭，产后瘀阻腹痛，瘾瘕痞块。
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