Bie Jia


Bie Jia in TCM:

Explore the properties of Bie Jia according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: tortoise shell
Pharmaceutical Name: Carpax Trionycis
Properties: Carapax Trionycis

Temperature: cool

Channels: KD, LV

Flavors: salty
Tonifies: yin

Special Properties:
circulates blood, disperses wind, reduces swelling, clears deficent heat

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- to nourish yin and anchor yang
  • cu zhi- dissipates nodules

Actions / Indications:
  • Nourishes yin; anchors yang (LV and KD yin def. night sweats, steaming bone disorder, consumption; also internal LV wind)
  • Invigorates blood; dissipates nodules; promotes menstruation (chest and flank accumulations causing pain and amenorrhea; malarial disorders with palpable masses)

    Special Notes:
  • (cooking: CRUSH and cook 30 minutes prior to adding other ingredients)
  • Bie Jia has been shown to prohibit connective tissue proliferation and dissolve masses and nodules
  • Costal Chondritis - shown highly effective to treat when combined with Gui ban, Chuan shan jia, san leng, zhi ke, ding xiang, and Gan Cao

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: cold due to SP def. w/reduced appetite and diarrhea)