Bing Lang

Bing Lang in TCM:

English Name: areca seed, betel nut
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Arecae
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm
Explore the properties of Bing Lang according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: warm
Channels: LI, ST
Flavors: bitter, pungent
Regulates: circulates qi, expels parasites, resolves food stagnation

Actions / Indications:
  • Kills Parasites (best for tapeworms - especially numbs the head of tape worm, also for intestinal flukes, pinworms, roundworms, hookworms, blood flukes: downward draining action helps to expel intestinal parasites)
  • Promotes movement of qi; reduces accumulations (food accumulation, stagnant qi with abdominal distension or bloating; constipation, dysentary, tenesmus)
  • Soothes Nausea, Promotes urination; checks malarial disorders (relieves N&V to improve patient compliance with taking herbs; damp leg qi; symptoms of damp-phlegm malarial disorders; used in combination for edema)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: caution in sinking of middle jiao qi)
  • (note: often used with nan gua zi)

    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically, Bing Lang is considered to be antiparasitic, antihypertensive, and gastrointestinal (increases gastric acid and appetite)
  • Herb-drug interaction with antipsychotics: extrapyramidal effects may occur
  • Bing Lang is used to reduce nausea from Chang Shan when combined with Bing Lang to treat malaria