|Botanical Name:||Tabanus bivittatus Mats.|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The female gadfly is caught in May or June. It is boiled or steamed, and then dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, slightly cold and slightly toxic|
|Functions:||To invigorate blood and remove stagnation|
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Amenorrhea or abdominal and epigastric masses caused by blood stagnation.
*Use with Leech (Shuizhi), Cockroach (Chechong), Peach seed (Taoren) and Rhubarb (Dahuang) in the formula Dahuang Chechong Wan.
2. Pain due to external injury.
*Use with Frankincense (Ruxiang), Myrrh (Moyao) and Peach seed (Taoren).
|Dosage:||1-1.5 g; 0.3 g for baked powder|
|Cautions:||This substance is contraindicated during pregnancy.|