Bing Lang - Expel Parasites
LI, ST (6-12g)


Bing Lang (Big Long of the fantastic four)
Big Long was a super stretchy member of the Fantastic Four who hunted parasites and villains. Because of his stretchiness he could quickly reduce accumulations of himself in one location and quickly promote movement of qi to another location. He he would stretch across the ocean to Africa just to vomit and/or pee... and he would often check malarial disorders while he was there.

You should ha seen what happened when he found out his wife was pregnant (cc: pregnancy) - his middle jiao literally sank to the floor!! (cc: caution in sinking of middle jiao)

English Name: areca seed, betel nut
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Arecae
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
reduce accumulations... promotes movement of qi promotes movement of qi; reduces accumulations
parasites kills parasites
vomit... pee... check malarial disorders soothes nausea; promotes urination; checks malarial disorders


      Bing Lang Actions and 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

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