TCM Herbs with Aromatic Properties

Aromatic - General Concepts:

There are (17) herbs which have Aromatic Properties:

TCM HerbClinical Functions
Bai Dou Kou
    • Transforms dampness - low appetite, greasy tongue coat, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Warms the middle warmer (stomach/spleen) and descends rebellious qi - vomiting due to cold from spleen/stomach qi deficiency or stomach cold.
    • Transforms stagnation - fullness in the chest.
Bo He
    • Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat.
    • Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.
    • Resolves LV Qi Stagnation - emotional issues, PMS, menstrual issues, pressure in chest or sides of body.
Cang Zhu
    • Strongly dries dampness, strengthens spleen - low appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distention, fatigue, vomiting, greasy tongue coat.
    • Expels wind-damp-cold (bi-syndrome) in extremities.
    • Clears damp-heat from lower burner (combine with clear-heat herbs, however, as this has a warm nature (for example, Er Miao San) - vaginal discharge, swollen and sore joints.
    • Induces sweating, release the exterior.
    • Improves vision.
Cao Dou Kou
    • Dries dampness, warms middle burner - damp-cold the spleen and stomach with abdominal distention, vomiting, diarrhea.
Chen Pi
    • Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; specifically directing it downward - good for different types of nausea/vomiting).
    • Important herb for drying dampness and the transformation of phlegm - coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, and copious viscous sputum (qi-level herb).
    • Prevents stagnation - prevents cloying of tonifying herbs.
    • Ju Hong is the red part of the tangerine peel - it is more drying and aromatic.
Chen Xiang
    • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - distention and pain in abdominal region due to cold from deficiency or blood stasis.
    • Directs rebellious Qi downward - excess/deficiency wheezing, vomiting, belching, hiccups due to cold from deficiency of the middle jiao.
    • Helps the kidneys grasp Qi - asthma and wheezing.
Hou Po
    • Promotes movement of Qi, transforms dampness, resolves stagnation - dampness in spleen/stomach, food stagnation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention (*important herb for this).
    • Warms and transforms phlegm and directs rebellious lung Qi downward - wheezing, phlegm with coughing, stifling sensation in the chest.
Jing Jie
    • Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat
    • Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages
    • Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used topically
    • Stops bleeding, blood in stool (secondary herb), uterine bleeding
Qiang Huo
    • Release exterior, disperse cold - useful with wind-cold and damp associated body/joint pain
    • Guiding herb for the GV and Tai Yang Channels
Sha Ren
    • Transforms dampness, stops vomiting - nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
    • Promotes movement of Qi, strengthens stomach.
    • Calms the fetus, morning sickness.
    • Prevents tonifying herbs from causing stagnation. (See also Bai Dou Kou, Yi Zhi Ren)
She Xiang
    • Opens the orifices, revives the spirit, unblocks closed disorders (a wide variety of problems that impair consciousness) - heat entering the pericardium, convulsions, delirium, stupor fainting, closed disorders, tetanic collapse, phlegm collapse, seizures.
    • Invigorates the blood, dissipates clumps, reduces swelling, alleviates pain - toxic sores, carbuncles, fixed masses, channel obstructions due to trauma.
Shi Chang Pu
    • Opens the orifices, vaporizes phlegm, quiets the spirit - sensory orifice disorders due to phlegm, deafness, dizziness, poor memory, dulled sensation, seizures.
    • Harmonize the middle warmer, transform turbid damp, abdominal pain.
    • Wind-cold damp - painful obstruction, trauma and sores.
Su He Xiang
    • Opens the orifices, penetrates through turbidity - for closed disorders, phlegm blockages, epidemic toxic disease, especially cold disorders.
    • Pain in the chest and abdomen.
Tan Xiang
    • Promotes Qi movement, alleviates pain - chest and abdomen pain.
Xiang Ru
    • Expels summerheat and transforms dampness
    • Promotes urination, reduces swelling - edema
Ze Lan
    • Promotes movement of blood and menstruation - pain due to blood stasis obstructing menses, post partum abdominal pain from stasis.
    • Invigorates blood and dispels blood stasis - topically and interally for pain and swelling from traumatic injury or abscess.
    • Promotes urination - post partum edemc or lin, systematic or facial edema.
Zi Su Ye
    • Release the exterior, disperse cold - wind-cold w/fever
    • Resolve qi stagnation, open chest - vomiting, nausea
    • Calm restless fetus - morning sickness
    • Seafood poisoning - alone or in combination w/other herbs