✵The article gives records of the herb Gadfly, its English name, Latin name, property and flavor, its herbal classic book defined source two insect species, ①.Tabanus bivittatus Matsumura., ②.Tabanus chrysurus Loew., and other two usable insect species, ③.Tabanus mandarinus Schiner., ④.Atylotus bivittateinus Takahasi., with a detailed introduction to the features of these four insect species, the life habits and growth characteristics, and ecological environment of these four insect species, the features of the herb Gadfly, its pharmacological actions, medicinal efficacy, and administration guide.
Pin Yin Name: Ménɡ Chónɡ.
English Name: Gadfly.
Latin Name: Tabanus.
Property and flavor: cool, bitter, toxic.
Brief introduction: The herb Tabanus is the dried female insect of Tabanus bivittatus Matsum(family Tabanidae), used to break stasis and reduce swellings for the treatment of severe cases of blood stasis, such as amenorrhea and gynecological mass. The herb is commonly known as Tabanus, Gadfly, Ménɡ Chónɡ.
Insect source: Herbal classic book defined the herb Tabanus(Gadfly) as the dried female insect of the species (1). Tabanus bivittatus Matsumura., (2). Tabanus chrysurus Loew. Other famous herbal classics defined the herb Tabanus(Gadfly) as the dried female insect of the species (3). Tabanus mandarinus Schiner., (4). Atylotus bivittateinus Takahasi. They are small insects of the Tabanus genus, the Tabanidae family of the Diptera order. These 2 commonly used species and the other 2 usable species are introduced as:
(1).Tabanus bivittatus Matsumura.
Description: The insect is commonly known as Fù Dài Méng, or Niú Méng Chóng. Female gadfly body length is 13~17 mm, yellow-green. Compound eyes are large, hairless, with a narrow black band in the middle. Yellowish or slightly grayish forehead; The top of the head is covered with short hair. Antennae yellow, 3rd segment hypertrophy, base with blunt dorsal processes. The base of the lips and the cheeks are yellowish gray. The mandibular beard 2nd segment is pale yellow, covered with white and mixed with short black hairs. Middle chest backplate, side plate, the web is gray-yellow, yellow short hair, and miscellaneous black and yellow gray long hair, wings are transparent without spots, yellow balance rod. Feet 3 pairs, middle and posterior feet 1/3 gray at the base of the femoral node; The tarsus of the forefoot and the tip of the tibia of the forefoot are black. The tip of the middle and posterior tarsus is dark brown. The belly is dark yellow-gray; The first 1~3 or 1~4 ventral segments have large yellow spots on both sides of the backplate, with a dark yellow longitudinal band in the middle, and the width is about 1/4 ~ 1/3 of the width of the abdomen. The abdomen is covered with dense yellow or yellowish-gray short hairs, sometimes interspersed with black short hairs. Ventral gray, yellow on both sides of 1st to 2nd or 1st to 3rd webs. Male gadflies are similar in shape, but smaller, with compound eyes covered with fine gray hairs.
Female flies feed on cattle, horses, donkeys, and blood of other livestock; The male gadfly does not suck blood, but only the sap of plants.
Ecological Environment: The insect usually lives in grass and woods. It likes sunshine, activity in the day time. It distributes in most areas of the country. The insect is mainly produced in the southwest, the middle and lower reaches area of the Yangtze River, north area, and other areas of China.
Life habits: Female insects feed on the blood of animals such as cows and horses, while male insects feed on plant juice instead of blood. The insects often living in grass and woods, prefers sunshine, activities in the daytime.
Characters of herbs: The dry insect body is oblong, 1.5~2 cm long, 5~10 mm wide. The head is dark brown and the compound eyes are mostly lost. The chest is dark brown, the back is crust-like and shiny, the wings are longer than the tail; The chest is prominent, dark brown, with 3 pairs of feet, often broken. The abdomen is brownish-yellow, has 6 individual segments. The texture of the herb is loose and brittle, easily broken. The herb smells bad and tastes bitter and salty. The herb of better grade is large, complete, and free of impurities.
Pharmacological actions: ①.anticoagulant effect, activate the fibrinolysis system; ②.stimulate the uterus of rabbits in vitro; ③.inhibit the formation of hepatic hemorrhagic necrosis caused by endotoxin.
Medicinal efficacy: Eliminate blood stasis, break stagnation, break blood stasis, restoring menstrual flow. It is indicated for the treatment of abdominal mass, accumulation, blood-retention in the lower abdomen, amenorrhea due to blood stagnation or blood stasis, postpartum lochiorrhagia, tuberculosis of dry blood, blood stasis from a fall injury, wound and hurt from injuries, carbuncle swelling, pharyngitis(throat obstruction).
Administration of Tabanus(Ménɡ Chónɡ):
Administration Guide of Tabanus(Ménɡ Chónɡ)
①.Internally:water decoction,0.5~1 qian(about 1.5~3 grams),or prepare to finely ground herb powder,take 1~2 fen(about 0.3~0.6 grams) each time, or prepare to pill,powder;②.Internally:water decoction, 1.5~3 grams;prepare to finely ground herb powder,0.3~0.6 grams;or prepare to pill,powder.Externally:proper amount,prepare to finely ground herb powder and apply stick,or mixed and smear apply.
Contraindications,Precautions and Adverse Reactions:should forbidden using the herb Tabanus during pregnancy, menstruation, syndromes without blood stasis, deficiency of Qi and blood. Should not be used during pregnancy, or lead to abortion.
(2).Tabanus chrysurus Loew.
Description: The insect is commonly known as Lù Méng.
(3).Tabanus mandarinus Schiner.
Description: The insect is commonly known as Huá Méng. Slightly larger, about 1~3 cm long, stout, hairy. Its head is wide, eyes are large, the piercing mouth apparatus is short, the antennae are only three segments. Larvae live in bogs and are carnivorous. The female sucks the blood of humans and animals. People are easy to be bitten by it.
The female insect is 16~18 mm long, gray-black. The forehead is yellowish gray, the basal scapula is nearly ovoid, yellowish-brown. The base of the first segment of the antenna is brownish red, with sharp protrusions, transparent wings, and brown veins. The chest backplate is gray, with 5 distinct black gray longitudinal bands. The abdomen is round and obtuse, has an apparent white spot. The male insect is similar to the female insect, slightly larger than the female insect, with only a conical abdomen.
Characters of herbs: The dried insect body is oblong, with a length of 1.3~1.7 cm and a width of 5~10 mm. The head is dark brown, and most of the compound eyes have fallen off; The chest is dark brown, the back is shell-shaped and bright, the wings are longer than the tail, the lower part of the chest is prominent and gray, and there are 5 obvious black-gray longitudinal bands with 3 pairs of feet, which are mostly broken. The abdomen is brown and yellow, with obvious white spots and 6 knots. The texture of the herb is loose and crisp. The herb has a smelly odor, it tastes bitter and salty.
(4).Atylotus bivittateinus Takahasi.
Description: The insect is commonly known as Suāng Bān Huáng Méng.The female insect is 13~17 mm long and yellow-green. The eyes are large, with a narrow black transverse band in the middle. The forehead is yellow or grayish. The antennae are orange-yellow with conspicuous obtuse processes at the 3rd segment. The wings are transparent and the veins are yellow. The abdomen is dark yellow-gray, with much golden hair and a few black hairs. On both sides of the backplate with large yellow spots, gray at the abdomen. The males are similar to the females but smaller.
Life habits: Adult insect activity is mainly in the day time, like strong sunshine. The female feeds on the blood of livestock.
Characters of herbs: The dried insect is yellow-green, large-eyed, with a thin horizontal black band in the center; The wings are transparent and the veins are yellow; The abdomen is dark gray-yellow, with more golden hairy hairs and a few black hairy hairs.
herbs regulating blood conditions,herbs activating blood and resolving stasis.
Introduction: Herbs activating blood and resolving stasis: also known as blood-activating and stasis-resolving herbs, an agent or substance herbs that promotes blood flow and removes stagnant blood, also known as blood-activating and stasis-dispelling herbs, or blood-activating herbs and stasis-resolving herbs.