TCM Herbs that influence the Kidney Channel

Kidney - General Concepts:

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

There are (98) herbs which influence the Kidney Channel:

TCM HerbClinical Functions
(Huai) Niu Xi
    • Invigorates blood, expels blood stasis - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, lochioschesis.
    • Strengthens the sinews, bones, and joints - lower back and knee issues due to deficiency (tonifies the liver and kidneys).
    • Clears damp heat in the lower burner - damp-heat pouring downward manifesting as back and knee pain, w/lin.
    • Brings blood downward - yin deficiency with fire or hot blood in the upper warmer, vomiting blood, toothache, nosebleed, dizziness, headache, blurred vision (yang rising).
Ai Ye
    • Warms the womb and stops bleeding - useful in cases of prolonged menstrual bleeding and uterine bleeding due to cold from deficiency patterns.
    • Warms the womb and pacifies the fetus - restless fetus syndrome, lower abdominal pain (menstrual), vaginal bleeding as in threatened miscarriage, infertility due to cold womb.
Ba Ji Tian
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - impotence, male or female infertility, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, urinary incontinence, irregular menses, low back pain and weakness, cold and painful abdomen.
    • Strengthen sinews and bones - back pain, muscular atrophy.
    • Expel wind/damp cold - back and leg qi pain, bi syndromes.
Bai Guo
    • Nourish the lungs, stop wheezing - cough with copious sputum.
    • Eliminate dampness, stop discharges - leukorrhea, turbid/frequent urine, deficiency and damp heat patterns.
    • Stabilize the lower burner - urinary frequency, incontinence, spermatorrhea.
Bai Wei
    • Clears heat and Cools Blood. Particularly useful for yin deficient fever, summertime fever in children, post partum fever, and within the recovery stage of a febrile disease
    • Cools Blood and Promotes Urine. Xue Lin, especially before or after giving birth.
    • Relieves toxicity. Toxic sores, swollen and painful throat, snake bite.
Bai Zi Ren
    • Nourishes heart blood, calms the spirit - irritability, insomnia, forgetfulness, palpitations.
    • Moisten the intestines from blood/yin deficiency - constipation (elderly, post-partum women).
    • Nightsweats due to yin deficiency.
Bu Gu Zhi
    • Tonify Kidney, strengthen yang - impotence, premature ejaculation, cold and painful lower back.
    • Stabilizs jing and reserves urine - enuresis, incontinence of urine, frequent urination, spermatorrhea.
    • Tonify and strengthen spleen yang - cold deficient spleen diarrhea, borborygmus, abdominal pain.
    • Aids kidneys to grasp lung qi - wheezing, asthma.
    • Apply topically for alopecia, psoriasis, vitiligo.
Chao Huang Bai
    • The is the dry fried version of Huang Bai.  For general indications see the Huang Bai page.  Dry frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold properties of this herb.
Che Qian Zi
    • Promotes urination, clears heat - edema, lin syndromes due to damp-heat, generally in the lower warmer.
    • Solidifies the stool - diarrhea with damp-heat or damp-summerheat.
    • Clears the eyes - liver and kidney deficiency (dry eyes or cataracts) or heat in the liver channel (red, painful, swollen eyes and sensitive to light).
    • Lung heat - expels phlegm, stops cough.
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.
Chuan Jiao
    • Warms the middle warmer, disperses cold, alleviates abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea - spleen or stomach cold from deficiency patterns.
    • Abdominal pain due to roundworms (auxiliary herb).
Ci Shi
    • Anchors and calms the spirit - restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, tremors, especially with yin deficiency and ascending yang, dizziness, vertigo.
    • Tonify the kidneys and liver - improve hearing and vision.
    • Helps kidneys to grasp the qi - chronic asthma.
Di Gu Pi
    • Drains Yin deficiency fire. Night sweats, steaming bone disorder, irritablity, thirst.
    • Clears Lung Heat. Cough, wheezing.
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. Nosebleed, vomiting blood, xue lin.
    • Drain floating kidney fire. Toothache due to deficient fire.
Ding Xiang
    • Warms middle warmer, directs rebellious Qi downward - cold in the stomach with vomiting, hiccups, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
    • Warms kidney yang - impotence, leukorrhea due to Kidney yang deficiency.
Dong Chong Xia Cao
    • Strengthen kidney, tonify yang - impotence, sore/weak back.
    • Tonify kidney yang, nourish lung yin, transform phlegm, stop cough - chronic cough, wheezing from deficiency, blood-streaked sputum.
    • Tonifies yin and yang, safe - can be used long term.
Du Huo
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp - bi syndromes, especially lower back and legs (acute/chronic).
    • Shao yin stage headache and toothache.
Du Zhong
    • Tonify liver and kidneys, strengthen sinews and bones - weak, painful knees and lower back, fatigue, frequent urination.
    • Promotes smooth flow of qi and blood circulation.
    • Calms the fetus - for cold deficient kidney patterns with bleeding during pregnancy, prevents miscarriages from deficiency.
    • Recently used for dizziness from liver yang rising (hypertension).
E Jiao
    • Tonify blood - dizziness, sallow complexion, palpitations.
    • Stops bleeding - any type.
    • Nourish and moisten yin - irritability and insomnia after febrile disease, dry lung coughs due to yin deficiency or consumption.
Fu Pen Zi
    • Tonify kidneys, stabilize kidney qi, binds the essence, restrains urine - incontinence, enuresis, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, premature ejaculation.
    • Liver and kidney deficiency - poor vision, sore low back, impotence.
Fu Zi
    • Restores devastated yang - extreme cold limbs with abundant cold symptoms.
    • Assists heart yang to unblock vessels and improve circulation, tonifies kidney yang to augment fire and avoid loss of the basal yang.
    • Warms fire and assists yang - any problem associated with weak heart, spleen, and/or kidneys.
    • Disperses cold, warms the channels, alleviates pain - wind-damp-cold bi, cold blocking organs, channels, sinews, bones or blood vessels.
Gan Cao
    • 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).
Gan Sui
    • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - fluid in the chest and abdomen, general edema; violent passing of water through the anus.
    • Clears heat, reduces swellings - swollen, painful skin lesions due to damp-heat.
Ge Jie
    • Strengthen kidneys, tonify lungs - help kidney grasp the qi, wheezing, asthma.
    • Assists kidney yang, strengthen essence and blood - impotence, day break diarrhea, urinary frequency.
Gou Ji
    • Tonifies liver and kidneys, strengthens sinews and bones - stiffness, soreness or weakness in lower back, spine, legs.
    • Expels wind and dampness - bi syndrome.
    • Urinary incontinence and vaginal discharges.
Gou Qi Zi
    • Nourish and tonify liver and kidney - yin and/or blood deficiency w/sore back and legs, low grade abdominal pain, impotence, nocturnal emission, xiao ke; neutral nature - commonly used for liver and kidney deficiency.
    • Benefits the essence and brightens the eyes - essence and blood are unable to nourish eyes, dizziness, blurred vision, diminished acuity.
    • Enrich yin and moisten the lungs - consumptive cough.
Gu Sui Bu
    • Tonify kidneys - weak low back and knee, diarrhea, tinnitus, decreased hearing, toothache, bleeding gums due to deficient kidneys.
    • Mending sinews and bones due to falls, fractures, contusions, sprains.
    • Stimulates growth of hair - used topically as a tincture for alopecia.
Guang Fang Zi
    • Expels wind-damp-heat - diffuse aches and pains, thirst, yellow, greasy tongue coat.
    • Promotes urination and reduces edema (facial or systemic) with wheezing or leg qi.
Gui Ban
    • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with ascending yang, night sweats, dizziness, tinnitus, steaming bone disorder.
    • Liver and kidney yin deficiency - internal wind symptoms, facial spasms, hand and feet tremors.
    • Benefits kidneys, strengthens bone - sore back, weak legs, slow skeletal growth in children.
    • Cools the blood - stops uterine bleeding due to heat in the blood, excessive menses.
    • Tonify blood, nourish the heart, calm the heart - anxiety, insomnia.
Hai Ge Ke
    • Clears heat, directs lung qi downwards, transforms phlegm - lung-heat cough with thick sputum (difficult to expectorate), chest or rib pain.
    • Softens hardness, dissipates nodules - phlegm fire goiter and scrofula.
    • Promotes urination, expels dampness - turbid painful urinary dysfunction and vaginal discharge.
    • Epigastric pain, acid reflux - calcined powdered form).
Hai Piao Xiao
    • Stops uterine bleeding with vaginal discharge - useful for deficiency patterns.
    • Retains essence due to kidney deficiency - nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, leukorrhea.
    • Harmonizes the stomch - epigastric pain, acid reflux.
    • Resolves dampness, promotes healing - topically for rashes and ulcers.
    • Diarrhea from deficiency patterns - pain CV 8 (navel), diarrhea/dysentery.
Hai Tong Pi
    • Dispels wind-damp (hot or cold), unblocks the channels - bi syndromes, especially in the lower back and/or knees or spasms of the extremities.
    • Promotes urination, reduces edema - superficial edema due to dampness.
    • Itchy skin - lesions, scabies.
Hai Zao
    • Clears heat, reduces phlegm nodules - goiter, scrofula.
    • Promotes urination (adjunctive herb) - reduces edema, particularly in the leg and floating type.
Han Fang Zi
    • Promotes urination, reduces edema - lower extremity edema, borborygmus, abdominal distention, ascites from lower jiao damp accumulation.
    • Expels wind-damp-heat, alleviates pain - fever, red, swollen, hot, painful joints.
Han Lian Cao
    • Liver and kidney yin deficiency - dizziness, premature greying of hair, blurred vision.
    • Cools blood, stops bleeding - yin deficiency patterns with bleeding due to heat in the blood, vomiting or coughing up blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool, uterine bleeding, bloody urine.
Han Shui Shi
    • Drains fire and expels summer-heat - high fever, irritability, thirst, yellow tongue coat associated with summer heat.
    • Burns and sores, throat and oral ulcers (topically).
He Shou Wu
    • Tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, augments essence - yin and/or blood deficiency w/dizziness, blurred vision, prematurely grey hair, weakness in the lower back and knees, sore limbs, insomnia, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge; neither cold, drying, nor too cloying.
    • Relieves toxic fire - carbuncles, sores, scrofula, neck lumps.
    • Moistens intestines - constipation associated with blood deficiency.
    • Expels wind from skin by nourishing the blood.
    • Chronic malaria w/qi and blood deficiency.
Hei Zhi Ma
    • Tonify the yin of the liver and kidney systems.  Useful for vision disturbances (blurry vision), tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, premature graying of the hair.
    • Nourish liver blood and clear liver wind - headaches, dizziness, numbness in the limbs.
    • Moisten and lubricate the intestines - constipation.
Hu Tao Ren
    • Tonify Kidneys - weak back and knees with coldness, frequent urination.
    • Warms lung, help kidney grasp lung qi - chronic cough, wheezing.
    • Moisten intestines - constipation in elderly patients.
Huang Bai
    • Drains damp heat from the lower jiao - thick-yellow leukorrhea, foul-smelling diarrhea, dysentery; damp-heat pouring downward or hot leg qi - red, swollen, painful knees, legs, and/or feet; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Drains kidney fire with signs of yin deficiency - steaming bone disorder, night sweats, afternoon fever and sweating, nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea.
    • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - sores and lesions of the skin.
Jin Qian Cao
    • 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.
Jin Ying Zi
    • Stabilize the kidneys, retain essence - spermatorrhea, incontinence, leukorrhea, rectal prolapse, excessive uterine bleeding.
    • Binds the intestines - stops diarrhea and dysentery.
Jiu Chao Zhi Mu
    • This is the wine fried version of zhi mu.  For general usage information see the Zhi Mu page.  Frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold aspects.
Jue Ming Zi (Cao Jue Ming)
    • Clears the vision and expels wind-heat - itchy, red and painful eyes, sensitivity to light due to wind-heat (stronger action in clearing liver-heat/fire than Qing Xiang Zi and
    • Mi Meng Hua; also nourishes kidney yin and liver yin).
    • Moistens intestines and unblocks the bowels - dry, chronic constipation especially due to liver yin deficiency.
    • Lowers blood pressure and serum cholesterol.
Kun Bu
    • Reduces phlegm, softens hardness - nodules in the neck, fullness in the chest due to phlegm.
    • Promotes urination, reduces swelling - lower extremity edema (adjunctive herb).
Lian Zi
    • Tonify the spleen and binds - chronic diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Tonify the kidneys and stabilize the jing - stop leukorrhea and spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation.
    • Nourish heart, calm the spirit - irritability, anxiety, palpitations, insomnia.
Liu Huang
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, stops itching.
    • Used topically for scabies, ringworm, damp sores, ulcers, carbuncles.
    • Tonify ming men fire, strengthen yang - interior yin cold symptoms.
    • Kidney yang deficiency - cold lower back and knees, impotence.
    • Spleen deficiency cold - asthma, constipation (elderly plus Ban Xia.
Long Gu
    • Calms the spirit - emotional distress, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, seizures.
    • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang - irritable, blurred vision, vertigo, bad temper.
    • Prevents leakage of fluids due to deficiency - spermatorrhea, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, vaginal discharge, nocturnal emissions, uterine bleeding.
    • Topically for chronic non-healing sores and ulcerations.
Lu Jiao Jiao
    • Tonifies kidney yang - low energy, fertility issues.
    • Tonifies kidney essence - impotence, fertility, low sperm count
    • Stops bleeding - blood in the stools, excessive menstruation, blood in the urine
Lu Rong
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - fatigue, impotence, cold limbs, lightheadedness, lower back and knee pain, tinnitus, frequent and clear urine.
    • Tonify the governing vessel, augments essence and blood, strengthens sinews and bones - children with mental/physical developmental issues.
    • Regulates the conception vessel, chong mai, and stabilizies the dai mai - cold deficient leukorrhea or uterine bleeding, infertility with a cold womb.
    • Tonifies and nourishes qi and blood - chronic ulcerations/yin-type boils (concave, clear fluid oozing, unhealing).
Mu Dan Pi
    • Clears Heat (excess and deficient), Cools Blood. Nose bleed, bloody sputum or vomit, subcutaneous bleeding, frequent and profuse menses due to heat in the Blood.
    • Clear Deficient Fire. Yin deficiency patterns such as steaming bone disorder after a warm-febrile disease particularly those without sweating.
    • Clears Liver Blood Stasis. Amenorrhea, abdominal masses, bruises.
    • Clears Rising Liver Fire. Headache, eye pain, flank pain, flushing, dysmenorrhea.
    • Drains Pus, Reduces Swelling. Used topically for non-draining sores. Used internally for intestinal abscess.
Mu Li
    • Calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia.
    • Benefits the yin, anchors floating yang - irritable, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, bad temper, red flushed face due to yin deficiency with ascending yang.
    • Prevents leakage of fluids - continuous sweating in steaming bone disorder, aftermath of warm-febrile disease, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, uterine bleeding.
    • Softens hardness, dissipates nodules - scrofula, goiter.
    • Absorbs acidity - stomach pain, sour taste in the mouth.
Nu Zhen Zi
    • Liver and/or kidney yin deficiency - dizziness, floaters, weak knees and back, tinnitus, premature graying of hair.
    • Clears deficient heat.
    • Improves vision in patients with liver and/or kidney deficiency.
Nuo Dao Gen Xu
    • Stops sweating caused by deficiency - nightsweats, spontaneous sweats.
    • Deficient yin fevers.
Qian Niu Zi
    • Drives out water - for heat accumulation in the stomach or intestines, severe constipation, abdominal distention, urinary difficulty (water is expelled through urine and stool).
    • Unblocks the bowels and removes accumulations - constipation due to accumulation and stagnation of damp-heat in the stomach and intestines.
    • Drives out phlegm and congested fluids - cough, wheezing, chest fullness.
    • Expels intestinal parasites and reduces food stagnation - roundworm or tapeworm infestations and food stagnation.
Qian Shi
    • Strengthen spleen - stop diarrhea, good for children.
    • Stabilize kidneys, retains jing - patterns of kidney qi deficiency with nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, urinary frequency.
    • Expels damp - damp heat or deficient leukorrhea.
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
Qing Fen
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites - external wash for scabies and syphilitic chancres.
    • Expels water and unblocks the bowels and bladder.
Qing Hao
    • 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.
Rou Cong Rong
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - reproductive and urinary disorders such as impotence, spermatorrhea, urinary incontinence, posturinary dripping, cold pains in lower back and knees.
    • Warms womb - infertility, excessive uterine bleeding, leukorrhea from cold deficiency.
    • Moistens instestines - constipation, good for elderly or younger patients with blood and/or qi deficiency.
Rou Gui
    • Warms the kidneys and fortifies yang - aversion to cold, cold limbs, weak back, impotence, frequent urination; also for waning of spleen and kidney yang with abdominal pain and cold, reduced appetite, diarrhea; wheezing due to failure of the kidneys to grasp the Qi.
    • Leads floating yang back to its source - upward floating of deficient yang; flushed face, wheezing, severe sweating (like oil), weak and cold lower extremities, deficient and rootless pulse (false heat-true cold, or heat above-cold below).
    • Disperses deep cold, warms the channels, alleviates pain due to cold causing qi or blood stasis; amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
    • Encourages generation of Qi and blood.
Sang Ji Sheng
    • Tonify liver and kidney yin, strengthen sinews and bones, expel wind-damp - lower back and knee pain, joint problems, atrophy of sinews and bones, bi-syndromes.
    • Nourish blood, calm the womb - uterine bleeding during pregnancy, dry and scaly skin.
    • Hypertension.
Sang Shen
    • Tonifies blood and enriches yin - dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, premature graying of the hair.
    • Constipation due to blood deficiency in the elderly, xiao ke due to yin deficiency.
Sha Yuan Ji Li
    • Tonify kidney yang, secures essence - lower back pain, tinnitus, impotence, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, incontinence, leukorrhea.
    • Strengthen kidney and liver - poor vision, blurred vision.
Shan Yao
    • Tonify the spleen and stomach qi - diarrhea, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, lack of appetite.
    • Tonify the lung qi and yin - chronic cough/wheezing.
    • Strengthen the kidney yin and yang - not hot nor cold, benefits both yin and yang, xiao ke, also binds the jing - spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, frequent urination.
Shan Zhu Yu
    • Stabilize the kidneys, retain the essence - leaking of fluids due to weak essence, excessive urination, incontinence, spermatorrhea, excessive sweating, for devastated yang and collapsed qi, as in shock.
    • Tonify the liver and kidney - lightheadedness, dizziness, impotence, sore back and knees, tonifies the jing and assists the yang.
    • Stabilize menses - excessive uterine bleeding, prolonged menses, weak effect.
Shang Lu
    • Drives out water through the urethra and anus - edema associated with severe constipation and urinary difficulty.
    • Reduces sores and carbuncles (topically).
She Chuang Zi
    • Dry dampness, kills parasites, stop itch - topically - weeping, itchy skin lesions, scabies, ringworm.
    • Warms the kidneys, strengthens yang - impotence, infertility, cold womb.
    • Disperses cold, expels wind, dry dampness - leukorrhea, lower back pain.
Sheng Di Huang
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood.
    • Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mouth, low-grade fever, constipation, throat pain from yin deficiency.
    • Cools Ascending Heart Fire (HT, LV). Mouth and tongue sores, irritability, insomnia, malar flush.
    • Wasting thirst disorder.
Shi Hu
    • Nourish yin, clear heat, generate fluids - severe thirst, parched mouth, intractable fever associated with yin deficiency (occurring from injury to fluids from warm febrile disease).
    • Nourish stomach yin - dry heaves, stomach ache, xiao ke, shiny tongue with little coating.
    • Brighten vision, strengthen lower back.
Shi Jue Ming
    • Drains liver fire, descends rising yang - headache, dizziness, red eyes.
    • Liver heat disturbing the vision - photophobia, pterygium, visual obstruction.
Shu Di Huang
    • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
    • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
    • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.
Su Jiu Gui Ban
    • This is the deep fried version of Gui Ban.  For more information see the Gui Ban page.  Deep frying helps to moderate the cold action of the herb.
Suo Yang
    • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, frequent urination, spermatorrhea.
    • Nourish blood, tonify essence, strengthen sinews - motor impairment, paralysis from blood and jing deficiency.
    • Moisten instestines - constipation due to qi and/or blood deficiency.
Tian Men Dong
    • Nourish kidney yin, clear lung heat - yin deficiency with heat signs in the upper warmer, dryness of mouth, thick or blood-streaked sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
    • Moisten the lungs, nourish kidneys, generate fluids - lung and kidney yin deficiency, especially xiao ke, low grade afternoon fever, constipation.
Tu Niu Xi
    • Drains fire and relieves toxicity - sore, swollen, and painful throat, especially diphtheria.
    • Clears heat toxin - abscesses and skin sores.
    • Invigorates blood and dissipates stasis - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea.
Tu Si Zi
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthens yin, secures essence, reserves urine - impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, tinnitus, frequent urination, sore painful back, vaginal discharge.
    • Tonify kidney and liver, improves vision - liver and kidney yin and yang deficiency patterns with dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision, floaters, etc.
    • Strengthen the spleen and kidneys - resolve diarrhea.
    • Calms the fetus - important herb for habitual and/or threatened miscarriage.
Wu Bei Zi
    • Contain leakage of lung qi - stop chronic cough due to deficient lung.
    • Binds the intestines, stops diarrhea - diarrhea, dysentery, chronic blood in the stool, rectal prolapse.
    • Restrains leakage - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, excessive sweat, bleeding.
    • Absorbs moisture, reduces swellings, relieves fire toxicity - topically for sores, ringworm, ulcerated skin, scars.
Wu Jia Pi
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp, strengthens the sinews and bones, chronic bi due to liver and kidney deficiency generating weak sinews (motor function development delays in children, elderly).
    • Transforms damp, reduces swelling - urinary difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi.
Wu Wei Zi
    • Constrain leakage of lung qi, enriches kidney yin - chronic cough and wheezing due to kidney and lung deficiency.
    • Tonify the kidneys, bind the essence, stop diarrhea - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, frequent urination, daybreak diarrhea.
    • Inhibits sweating, generates fluids - thirst with excess sweat, spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, xiao ke.
    • Quiet the spirit, calm the heart - irritability, palpitations, insomnia due to blood deficiency or kidney and heart yin injury.
Wu Yao
    • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain by warming and dispersing - flank, chest, epigastric, abdominal pain, hernia, menstrual pains due to cold constraint and qi stagnation.
    • Warms the kidneys - frequent urination or incontinence due to kidney yang deficiency and cold from deficiency of the bladder.
Wu Zhu Yu
    • Warms the middle, disperses cold, relieves constraint in the liver channel and alleviates pain - headaches, nausea, cold hernia in the liver channel region.
    • Redirects stomach Qi downwards - due to liver and/or stomach disharmony.
    • Warms the spleen and expels damp cold, stops diarrhea.
    • Leads fire downwards - mouth/tongue canker sores (externally applied to canker sores).
Xi Xian Cao
    • Dispels wind-heat-damp bi - facial paralysis, hemiplegia.
    • Calms the spirit, pacifies the liver - irritability, insomnia, liver yang rising, headache, dizziness.
Xi Xin
    • Supporting herb for exterior cold, useful when primary symptoms are head/body aches, particularly with dampness and/or KD Yang Deficiency
    • Dispels wind, disperses cold, alleviates pain
    • Transforms phlegm - wind-cold w/cough
    • Unblocks Qi - nasal congestion
Xi Yang Shen
    • Benefits qi, generates fluids, nourishes yin - for yin deficiency with heat signs, weakness, irritability and thirst after a febrile disease.
    • Nurtures lung yin and clears fire from the lungs - wheezing, coughing up blood streaked sputum, loss of voice due to lung yin deficiency.
Xian Mao
    • Tonify kidney, strengthen yang - impotence, urinary incontinence, nocturnal emission, infertility due to cold womb (woman) or cold jing (man).
    • Expel cold, eliminate damp - bi with generalized pain, pain and/or weakness in the bones and sinews, lower back and knee pain, cold abdomen.
Xiao Hui Xiang
    • Spreads liver Qi, warms the kidneys, expels cold, alleviates pain - cold hernial disorders, lower abdominal pain due to cold.
    • Regulates Qi and harmonizes the stomach - stomach cold with abdominal pain, indigestion, reduced appetite, vomiting.
Xu Duan
    • Tonify liver and kidney, strengthen sinews and bones - lower back and/or knee weakness and pain, stiff joints.
    • Tonify without causing stagnation.
    • Stops uterine bleeding, calms the fetus - bleeding during pregnancy, threatened miscarriage.
    • Promote blood circulation, alleviate pain, generate flesh - traumatic injuries in the lower back and legs, external conditions such as sores.
Xuan Shen
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. Bleeding, fever, dry mouth, purplish tongue.
    • Nourishes Yin. Particularly for the sequel of warm febrile disease with constipation, irritability.
    • Drains Fire, Relieves Toxicity. Swollen, red eyes, sore throat.
    • Softens Harness (salty), Dissipates phlegm fire nodules. Swollen, sore throat, neck lumps.
Ye Gu
    • Swellings in the throat
    • Urinary tract infections, other bladder/kidney issues including cancer
    • Used in folk remedies for diabetes
    • Used for a range of liver disease including cancer
    • Arthritis and other systemic inflammatory conditions

     

Yi Yi Ren
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, difficult urination, damp leg qi.
    • Strengthens the spleen, stops diarrhea.
    • Clears heat and expels pus - carbuncles, lung or intestinal abscesses.
    • Expels wind-damp, relieves joint and muscle pain.
    • Clears damp-heat - any damp-heat disorder at any level with greasy tongue coating and digestive problems.
Yi Zhi Ren
    • Warms the kidneys, retains essence, holds urine - spermatorrhea, frequent and copious urine, urinary incontinence, dribbling urine.
    • Warms the spleen, stops diarrhea - cold spleen or stomach patterns with diarrhea, cold abdominal pain, excess salivation, thick/bad taste in the mouth.
Yin Yang Huo
    • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, poor memory, painful and cold lower back and knees.
    • Expel wind-damp, cold - spasms, cramps, joint pain, numbness in limbs.
    • Strengthen yin and yang, harnesses liver yang rising - dizziness, low back pain, irregular menses from liver and kidneys and subsequent liver yang rising.
Yuan Hua
    • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - cathartic and diuretic - fluids in the chest and abdomen.
    • Kills parasites - topically for ringworm.
Ze Xie
    • Promotes urination, drains damp-heat in the lower burner - urinary difficulty, edema, diarrhea.
    • Drains deficient kidney fire - heat signs, dizziness, tinnitus.
Zhi Gan Cao
    • This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the heart and spleen along with its general harmonizing function within formulas.  See Gan Cao for complete information.
Zhi Mu
    • Clears heat, drains fire - high fever, irritability, thirst, and a rapid flooding pulse in patterns of excessive heat in the lungs and/or stomach; cough due to lung heat with thick yellow sputum.
    • Nourishes yin, moistens dryness - deficiency of lung and kidney yin, night sweats, steaming bone disorder, irritability, afternoon or low-grade fevers, bleeding gums, five-center heat; also for kidney heat signs - spermatorrhea, nocturnal emission, high sexual desire.
    • Generates fluids and clears heat - oral ulcers and inflammation due to yin deficiency, wasting and thirsting disorder.
Zhu Ling
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, scanty urination, cloudy painful urination, vaginal discharge, jaundice, diarrhea.
Zi Ran Tong
    • Dispels blood stasis and promotes healing of bones and sinews - swellings due to trauma, fractures.

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