Aspongopus chinensis

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Historical Use of Aspongopus chinensis

Aspongopus chinensis in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Jiuxiangchong

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Jiuxiang bug

Specific Name  : Aspongopus

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected from November to the next March, place in an appropriate container, suffocated with wine, taken out and dried in the shade, or scalded to death in boiling water, taken out and dried.

Description  : Somewhat hexagonal and flattened ellipsoidal, 1.6 - 2cm wide. The surface is brown or brownish-black, slightly lustrous. The head small, head thorax slightly triangular, compound eyes, avoid a pair of single eyes, a pair of antenae each with five segments, usually dropped. The dorsal part of the thorax bearing two pairs of wings, the basal part of the outer pair relatively hard, the inner pair membranous and transparent. The thorax bearing 3 pairs of legs, usually dropped. The abdomen is brownish-red to brownish-black, each segment with projected small points close to the margin. Texture: fragile, pale brown contents in abdomen visible when broken, odor: characteristic, taste: slightly salty.

Identification  :

Processing  : Aspongopus eliminate foreign matter.Aspongopus (stir-fried) stir fry clean aspongopus as describe under the method of simple stir frying (Appendix llD) until aromatic odor is produced.

Action  : To regulate the flow of qi and relieve pain, to warm the stomach, and to restore the kidney yang.

Indication  : epigastric pain with distension due to cold in the stomach or due to stagnation of qi in the liver and stomach, impotence and aching of the loins and knees in deficiency syndromes of kidney

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 3 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in wood boxes lined with wax paper, protected from moisture and moth.

Synonymns for Aspongopus chinensis

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Jun Tan, Ying Tian, Renlian Cai, Rui Luo, Jianjun Guo
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med: 2019, 2019;2607086
[PubMed:31275405] [] [DOI] (P e)

Jun Tan, Ying Tian, Renlian Cai, Tianci Yi, Daochao Jin, Jianjun Guo
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med: 2019, 2019;8934794
[PubMed:30719067] [] [DOI] (P e)

Yong-Ming Yan, Qin Luo, Lei Di, Yan-Ni Shi, Zheng-Chao Tu, Yong-Xian Cheng
Nucleoside and N-acetyldopamine derivatives from the insect Aspongopus chinensis.
Fitoterapia: 2019, 132;82-87
[PubMed:30521857] [] [DOI] (I p)

Yan-Ni Shi, Zheng-Chao Tu, Xin-Long Wang, Yong-Ming Yan, Ping Fang, Zhi-Li Zuo, Bo Hou, Tong-Hua Yang, Yong-Xian Cheng
Bioactive compounds from the insect Aspongopus chinensis.
Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.: 2014, 24(22);5164-9
[PubMed:25442305] [] [DOI] (I p)

Yong-Ming Yan, Jun Ai, Yan-Ni Shi, Zhi-Li Zuo, Bo Hou, Jie Luo, Yong-Xian Cheng
(±)-Aspongamide A, an N-acetyldopamine trimer isolated from the insect Aspongopus chinensis, is an inhibitor of p-Smad3.
Org. Lett.: 2014, 16(2);532-5
[PubMed:24383883] [] [DOI] (I p)



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