Di Long

Di Long in TCM:

English Name: earthworm
Pharmacuetical Name: Pheretima
Properties: salty, cold
Explore the properties of Di Long according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cold
Channels: LU, SP, UB, LV
Flavors: salty
Regulates: clears heat, resolves water accumulations, disperses wind, alleviates bi syndrome

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears heat; Extinguish wind; stop spasms and convulsions (spasms, seizures, headaches, high fevers with convulsions; modern use for schizophrenia of hot manic type and hypertension due to LV yang rising)
  • Clears Lung Heat; Calms wheezing (wheezing due to LU heat)
  • Clears heat; unblocks channels and collaterals ( painful hot bi; may be used in combination for cold bi; swollen and painful joints with reduced range of motion; hemiplegia due to obstruction in channels, wind-stroke sequelae)
  • Clears heat; promotes urination (heat clumping in UB with urinary difficulty or inability to urinate; hot PUD; edema)
  • (cc: SP qi deficiency)
  • (cook: when using fresh worms, clean dirt off, boil with sugar or prepare with salt; or dry powder to make paste)

    Special Notes:
  • Clinical studies and research have shown good results with Di Long in treating hypertension, epilepsy, schozophrenia, and asthma.
  • Pharmacologically Di Long acts as a antiasthmatic, uterine stimulant, antiseizure, antipyretic, and lowers blood pressure. It also promotes dissolution of thrombi while simultaneously preventing their occurrence.