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TCM Herbs that influence the Gall Bladder Channel



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Below you will find Chinese Herbs that enter the Gall Bladder Channel. Related Information [Meridian].



The Gall Bladder Channel Is Influenced By 22 Herbs In Our Database

Chai Hu

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  • Thorowax Root, Bupleurum
    • Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating chills and fever, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Relieves liver qi stagnation (often used with Bai Shao) - vertigo, menstrual disorders, chest and flank pain, the most common herb to treat stress, irritability, depression, etc.; also for liver and spleen disharmony - bloating, nausea, indigestion, flank pain.
    • Raises yang qi in spleen and stomach deficiency patterns (often used with Sheng Ma) - prolapsed organ, diarrhea, hemorrhoids.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Due to its rising and dispersing nature avoid in yin deficiency or liver yang rising.
    • May cause nausea or vomiting - use a smaller dose if necessary.

Chuan Xiong

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  • Szechuan Lovage Root
    • Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis).
    • Expels wind and alleviates pain - headache (temporal, vertex), dizziness, painful obstructions, skin issues.
    • Headache - moves qi upward and alleviates pain; headaches due to wind, heat, cold, blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Gan Cao

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  • Licorice Root
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.

Hu Zhang

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  • Bushy Knotweed Root
    • Invigorates blood and dispels stasis - amenorrhea, wind-damp painful obstruction, traumatic injury.
    • Clears heat and resolves dampness - damp heat jaundice, turbid vaginal discharge.
    • Drains heat, transforms phlegm - cough due to lung heat, constipation.
    • Discharges toxins - burns, carbuncles (topically).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Huang Qin

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  • Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria
    • Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-heat in the stomach or intestines, diarrhea, dysentery; damp warm-febrile disease with fever, stifling sensation in the chest, thirst with no desire to drink; damp-heat in the lower jiao - lin syndrome; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Clears heat, stops bleeding - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool.
    • Clears heat, calms the fetus - restless fetus due to heat.
    • Sedates liver yang rising - headache, irritability, red eyes, bitter taste, flushed face.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Jin Qian Cao

  • Lysimachia, Whole Plant
    • Promotes urination, important herb for stone lin syndromes (also helps for other lin types).
    • Clears damp-heat in the liver and gallbladder - jaundice, red, swollen eyes.
    • Reduces toxicity and swelling - snakebit, abscess, traumatic injury.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Lian Qiao

Long Dan Cao

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  • Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana
    • Drains damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder channels - red, swollen, sore throat, eyes, and/or ears, sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital region, or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
    • Clears ascending liver fire - headache, red eyes; liver wind-heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, flank pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Mu Xiang

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  • Costus Root
    • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - stagnant qi of the stomach and/or spleen causing lack of appetite, abdominal pain, distention, nausea; liver or gallbladder qi stagnation causing flank pain, distention.
    • Regulates stagnated Qi in the intestines - diarrhea, abdominal pain (common herb to treat tenesmus).
    • Strengthens the spleen and prevents stagnation, used with tonifying herbs to reduce side effects.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Qin Jiao

Qin Pi

  • Bark of Korean Ash Branch
    • Drains damp-heat - dysentery (bloody).
    • Drains liver fire - eyes with redness, swelling, pain, or the formation of superficial visual obstruction.
    • Clears wind-damp - painful hot obstruction.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Qing Hao

  • Wormwood
    • Clears summer heat - fever, headache, dizziness, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Clears deficient fever - unremitting fever or night fever with no sweating (from blood deficiency or sequel of febrile disease).
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - purpuric rash, nosebleed due to heat in the blood.
    • Malarial disorders - alternating fever and chills.
  • Herbs That Clear and Relieve Summerheat

Qing Pi

  • Green Tangerine Peel
    • Spreads liver Qi and breaks up stagnation - liver Qi stagnation symptoms such as distention and pain in the chest, breast, and/or hypochondriac regions; hernial pain.
    • Reduces food stagnation - pain in the epigastrium.
    • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - malarial disorders w/phlegm, dampness, and breast abscesses.
    • Raises blood pressure.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Shi Shang Bo

  • Doederlein's Spikemoss
    • Clears heat in the lungs - sore throat, cough, asthma, mastitis.
    • Damp heat related rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, pain and/or swelling in the eyes.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Suan Zao Ren

  • Sour Jujube Seed
    • Nourishes heart yin, tonifies liver blood, quiets the spirit - irritability, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety due to blood or yin deficiency.
    • Prevents abnormal sweating - spontaneous sweating, nightsweats.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit

Tian Zhu Huang

  • Siliceous Secretions of Bamboo
    • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - difficult to expectorate sputum.
    • Clears heat and arrests convulsions - spasms, convulsions due to phlegm-heat, especially in children.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Xia Ku Cao

  • Selfheal Spike, Prunella
    • Clears liver and brightens the eyes - ascending liver fire with red, painful, swollen eyes, headache, dizziness (stronger than Mi Meng Hua, Jue Ming Zi, Qing Xiang Zi in clearing heat).
    • Clears heat and dissipates nodules - neck lumps, scrofula, lipoma, goiter, swollen glands due to phlegm fire.
    • Hypertension accompanied by liver fire or yang rising.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with stomach or spleen deficiency.

Xiong Dan

  • Bear Gallbladder
    • Clears heat and alleviates spasms - high fever and convulsions in febrile disease.
    • Topically to relieve fire toxicity, hot skin lesions.
    • Red, painful eyes due to liver fire.
    • Reduces swelling and pain - trauma, sprains, fracture, hemorrhoids.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Yin Chen Hao

  • Yin Chen Hao Shoots and Leaves
    • Main herb for Jaundice.
    • Clears damp heat from the liver and gallbladder - relieves jaundice (either damp heat or cold).
    • Clears heat, shao yang syndrome (intermittent fever and chills, bitter taste, stifling sensation in the chest, flank pain, dizziness, nausea).
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Not for Deficiency Jaundice (pale yellow skin, normal urine, soggy pulse (middle jiao qi deficiency, not from dampness).

Yu Mi Xu

  • Cornsilk
    • Promotes urination - hot lin, stone lin, edema.
    • Regulates the gallbladder - yin or yang jaundice.
    • Wasting and thirsting disorder.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Zhi Gan Cao

  • Honey Fried Licorice Root
    • This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the heart and spleen along with its general harmonizing function within formulas. ┬áSee Gan Cao for complete information.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Zhu Ru




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