Pinyin name: Di Long
Aka: Chiu Jin, Chu Tan, Zhuo Jin, Guang Di Long, Gan Di Long
Source: Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing
English name: Earthworm, Lumbricus
Botanical name: Pheretima aspergillum
Pharmaceutical name: Pheretima
Properties: salty, cool
Channels entered: liver, spleen, urinary bladder, lung
Chinese therapeutic actions: clears heat and extinguishes wind, arrests wheezing, opens channels, promotes urination, anchors liver Yang, and lowers blood pressure. This herb can be used topically to promote healing.
This herb is available by the pound in either raw or powdered form.