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Bie Jia (Chinese Soft Shelled Turtle Shell)

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Cold Bie Jia (Carapax Amydae Sinensis)
Salty, Cold
Carapax Amydae Sinensis
Tone Marks:
biē jiă


  • Nourishes the Yin, Clears Heat, and Anchors the Yang
    For long standing febrile disorders where Blood and Yin have been damaged, with symptoms such as afternoon or low grade fever, Steaming Bone Syndrome, thirst, night sweating, nocturnal emissions, 5 palm heat, and consumption.

    Also for rising Yang and internal Liver Wind due to deficiency of Liver Yin with symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, red eyes and face, anger, muscle spasms, tremors, and convulsions.
  • Invigorates the Blood, Softens Hardness and Dissipates Nodules
    For amenorrhea and masses in the lower abdomen due to Blood Stagnation or Yin and Blood Deficiency in the Ren Mai and Chong Mai.

    Also for Malarial disorders characterized by nodules and masses.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy.
  • Do not use in cases of Spleen Deficiency with loose stool or diarrhea.
  • Do not use in cases where an exterior disorder is present.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 10-30 grams


  • Use raw Bie Jia to nourish the Yin. Fry with vinegar to increase Bie Jia's effect on nodules and swellings.

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