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Biejia Jian Wan

Classical Name:
Decocted Turtle Shell Pill鱉甲煎丸
General Support:
Chronic, Anti-Mass, Gu Syndrome, Immune, Reproductive
Formula Family:
Transform Toxic Stasis with Rhubarb, Dissolve Masses with Turtle Shell and/or Fritillaria
Organ Systems:
Liver, Triple Warmer
Six Stages:
Jueyin, Shaoyang
Gu Syndrome
Transform Toxic Stasis with Rhubarb
Dissolve Masses with Turtle Shell and/or Fritillaria


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About Biejia Jian Wan

Biejia Jian Wan has 23 ingredients, making this prescription the most complex classical formula on record. It was first mentioned 1,850 years ago in the malaria chapter of Zhang Zhongjing’s formula primer for complex disorders, Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jingui yaolüe). The Chinese term for malaria (nüe) literally translates as “miserable torture disease” and technically encompasses a wide variety of infections assailing the nervous system. More specifically, Biejia Jian Wan was originally designed to treat a typical complication of these types of diseases, namely enlargement of the spleen and/or liver following long-standing infection. Over time, the formula evolved to treat all kinds of swellings, enlargements, and masses, especially in the abdomen. While frequently prescribed in patent medicine form in China, true medicinal grade ingredients for this alchemical formula are hard to find. The inclusion of Biejia Jian Wan in the Classical Pearls series of traditional remedies is a commitment to reproduce this rare but effective remedy as close as possible to the original source text, and make it available to the growing number of practitioners who specialize in the treatment of difficult and recalcitrant diseases with Chinese herbs.

NOTE: The traditional ingredient Ejiao (donkey hide gelatin) has been replaced with Shu Dihuang Tan (carbonized, cooked rehmannia). This substitution preserved a threatened natural resource.

Therapeutic Principles

  • Move stagnating qi and Blood, regulate up/down qi dynamics in disorders involving chronic stasis
  • Eliminate dampness and transform phlegm, drive out recalcitrant pathogens
  • Soften masses and disperse accumulations

Formula Ingredients

鱉甲 (制膠) Biejia Soft-shelled turtle shell; gelatinized 13.04%
射干 (煅制) Shegan Belamcanda; calcined 3.26%
黃芩 Huangqin Scutellaria 3.26%
柴胡 (醋炙) Chaihu Bupleurum; vinegar-baked 6.52%
鼠婦 (焙至焦黃) Shufu Armadillidium; roasted 3.26%
乾薑 Ganjiang Ginger, dried 3.26%
大黃 Dahuang Rhubarb 3.26%
白芍 (醋炙) Baishao Peony, white; vinegar-baked 5.43%
桂枝 (尖) Guizhi Cinnamon twig 3.26%
葶藶子 (炒黃) Tinglizi Lepidium seed; fried 1.09%
石韋 Shiwei Pyrrosia leaf 3.26%
厚朴 (薑制) Houpo Magnolia bark; ginger treated 3.26%
牡丹皮 Mudanpi Moutan 5.43%
瞿麥 Qumai Dianthus 2.17%
紫葳 Ziwei Campsis 3.26%
半夏 (薑制) Banxia Pinellia; ginger cured 1.09%
黨參 Dangshen Codonopsis 1.09%
地鱉蟲 (炒) Dibiechong Eupolyphaga; fried 5.43%
熟地黃 (炭) Shu Dihuang Rehmannia; wine treated and carbonized 3.26%
露蜂房 (烘烤) Lufengfang Hornet’s nest; fire-dried 4.35%
赤硝 (蘿蔔制, 水飛) Chixiao Niter, red; radish cured, powderized in water 13.04%
蜣螂 (焙至焦黃) Qianglang Catharsius; roasted 6.52%
桃仁 (燀去皮) Taoren Persica seed; blanched, skin removed 2.17%

Biejia Jian Wan Usage

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Supplement Facts

Serving size: 3 capsules
Servings per contains: 
Amount per serving: 1500mg

*Proprietary blend containing pure herbal extracts of:

Amidae sinensis (Biejia), Red niter (Chixiao), Bupleurum chinense root (Chaihu), Catharsius molossus (Qianglang), Paeonia lactiflora root (Baishao), Paeonia suffruticosa root bark (Mudanpi), Eupolyphaga sinensis (Dibiechong), Nidus vespae (Lufengfang), Belamcanda chinensis rhizome (Shegan), Scutellaria baicalensis root (Huangqin), Armadillidium vulgare (Shuhfu), Zingiber officinale rhizome (Ganjiang), Rheum officinale root (Dahuang), Cinnamomum loureirii twig (Guizhi), Pyrrosia lingua leaf (Shiwei), Magnolia officinalis bark (Houpo), Campsis grandiflora (Ziwei), Rehmannia glutinosa root tuber processed, carbonized (Shu Dihuang Tan), Dianthus superbus (Qumai), Prunus persica seed(Taoren), Lepidium apetalum seed (Tinglizi), Pinellia ternata rhizome ginger cured (Banxia Jiang), Codonopsis pilosula root (Dangshen)

* % Daily value not established

Other ingredients: living green clay excipient, vegetable capsule