The whole body of Eupolyphaga sinensia Warker or Steleophaga ptancyi (Boleny),
Eupolyphaga: Body flat-ovate 1.5-3.0 cm long. Body surface with chitin,
yellow-brown, lustrous; head small, covered by thoracic dorsal shields,
with a pair of incomplete antennae. Thoracic shield appearing in three
segments, with three pairs of incomplete feet at the ventral side; ventral
shield 9 segments. Steleophaga: Surface not lustrous, a round black patch
on two sides of each thoracic and abdominal segment. Salty in taste, cold
in nature, slightly toxic, and attributive to liver channel.
Remove blood stasis and heal fracture: For trauma, fracture, amenia and
abdominal mass with blood stasis. Recently, also used for hepatosplenomegaly
and extrauterine pregnancy.
Caution: Contraindicated for pregnant women.