TCM Herbs that influence the Kidney Channel

Kidney - General Concepts

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

The Kidney Channel Is Influenced By 100 Herbs In Our Database

(Huai) Niu Xi

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  • Achyranthes Root
    • 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).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Ai Ye

  • Mugwort Leaf, Moxa
    • 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.
    • Used often as moxibustion for tonification and the movement of qi stagnation.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Ba Ji Tian

  • Morinda Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Ba Qia

  • Chinaroot Greenbier Rhizome
    • Useful for arthritic conditions by expelling wind-damp and promoting urination.
    • Induces sweat and relieves the exterior - diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Can be used for hemorrhoids, skin infections, psoriasis, leukorrhea and STD's such as gonorrhea and syphilis via the function of eliminating toxic heat.
    • Used with diabetes via the kidney and liver systems.
    • Has anti-cancer properties - breast, stomach.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency.

Bai Guo

Bai Wei

  • Swallowwort Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Bai Zi Ren

  • Arbor-Vitae Seed
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit

Bu Gu Zhi

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  • Psoralea Fruit
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Chao Huang Bai

  • Dry Fried Amur Cork Tree Bark
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Che Qian Zi

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  • Plantago Seeds
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Chen Xiang

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  • Aloeswood
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Chuan Jiao

  • Szechuan Pepper
    • 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).
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Ci Shi

  • Magnetite
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Di Gu Pi

  • Wolfberry Root Cortex
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Ding Xiang

Dong Chong Xia Cao

  • Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, Cordyceps
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Du Huo

Du Zhong

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  • Eucommia Bark
    • 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).
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

E Jiao

  • Donkey-Hide Glue, Gelatin
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Fu Pen Zi

Fu Zi

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  • Prepared Aconite Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Avoid in yin deficiency with false cold and true heat.

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.

Gan Sui

  • Kan Sui Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Gan Cao
    • Only for strong individuals.
    • Toxic - nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.

Ge Jie

  • Gecko
    • Strengthen kidneys, tonify lungs - help kidney grasp the qi, wheezing, asthma.
    • Assists kidney yang, strengthen essence and blood - impotence, day break diarrhea, urinary frequency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Gou Ji

  • Chain Fern Rhizome
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Gou Qi Zi

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  • Chinese Wolfberry Fruit
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Gu Sui Bu

Guang Fang Zi

  • Aristolochia Root, Stephania
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Toxic - can lead to renal failure.

Gui Ban

  • Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Hai Ge Ke

  • Clam Shell
    • 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).
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Hai Piao Xiao

  • Cuttlefish Bone
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Hai Tong Pi

  • Coral Bean Bark
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Hai Zao

Han Fang Zi

  • Stephania Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Han Lian Cao

Han Shui Shi

  • Calcitum
    • 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).
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cold cases arising from spleen or stomach deficiency.

He Shou Wu

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  • Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Hei Zhi Ma

  • Black Sesame Seeds
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or diarrhea due to Spleen Qi Deficiency.

Hu Tao Ren

  • Walnut Nut
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Huang Bai

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  • Amur Cork Tree Bark, Phellodendron
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Ji Xue Cao

  • Asiatic Pennywort, Gotu Kola
    • Useful for gastrointestinal disorders related to damp heat - pain, dysentery, enteritis.  Liver involved symptoms such as jaundice.
    • Diarrhea from summerheat.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - nosebleeds, bleeding in the urine, uterine bleeding.
    • Useful to clear heat from the liver and benefit the eyes - glaucoma, cataracts, pinkeye.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in pregnancy.

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

Jin Ying Zi

Jiu Chao Zhi Mu

  • Wine Fried Anemarrhena Rhizome
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Jue Ming Zi (Cao Jue Ming)

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  • Foetid Cassia Seeds
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Do not use with Huo Ma Ren.
    • Not recommended for patients with diarrhea.
    • Avoid in patients with hypotension (low blood pressure).

Kun Bu

Lian Zi

Liu Huang

  • Sulphur
    • 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.
  • Herbs For External Applications
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy.

Long Gu

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  • Fossilized Bones
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Lu Jiao Jiao

  • Deer Antler Glue
    • 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
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Lu Rong

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  • Elk/Deer Horn, Velvet
    • 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).
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Mu Dan Pi

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  • Tree Peony Root Cortex
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Avoid in Pregnancy, Excess Menses due to Blood moving action.

Mu Li

  • Oyster Shell
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Nu Zhen Zi

Nuo Dao Gen Xu

Qian Niu Zi

  • Morning Glory Seed
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Antagonist with Ba Dou
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Toxic, may cause nausea, vomiting.

Qian Shi

Qiang Huo

Qing Fen

  • Calomel
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites - external wash for scabies and syphilitic chancres.
    • Expels water and unblocks the bowels and bladder.
  • Herbs For External Applications

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

Rou Cong Rong

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  • Fleshy Stem of Broomrape
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Rou Gui

  • Dried Cinammon Bark
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
  • Cautions

Sang Ji Sheng

Sang Shen

  • Mulberry Fruit-Spike
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Sha Yuan Ji Li

  • Milkvetch Seed, Astragalus Seed
    • Tonify kidney yang, secures essence - lower back pain, tinnitus, impotence, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, incontinence, leukorrhea.
    • Strengthen kidney and liver - poor vision, blurred vision.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Shan Yao

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  • Chinese Yam
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Shan Zhu Yu

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  • Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Shang Lu

  • Poke Root
    • Drives out water through the urethra and anus - edema associated with severe constipation and urinary difficulty.
    • Reduces sores and carbuncles (topically).
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

She Chuang Zi

Sheng Di Huang

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  • Rehmannia
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Spleen Deficiency, Yang Deficiency, Damp Phlegm, Digestion Difficulties.

Shi Hu

  • Dendrobium Stem
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Shi Jue Ming

Shu Di Huang

  • Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Su Jiu Gui Ban

  • Deep Fried Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Suo Yang

  • Fleshy Stem of Cynomorium
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Tian Men Dong

  • Asparagus Tuber
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Tu Niu Xi

  • Tuniuxi Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Tu Si Zi

  • Chinese Dodder Seeds
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Wu Bei Zi

  • Gallnut of Chinese Sumac
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Wu Jia Pi

  • Acanthopanax Root Bark
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Wu Wei Zi

  • Schisandra Fruit/Seed
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind
  • Cautions
    • Do Not Use With Presence Of OPI.

Wu Yao

  • Lindera Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Wu Zhu Yu

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  • Evodia Fruit
    • 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).
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Xi Xian Cao

  • Siegesbeckia Plant
    • Dispels wind-heat-damp bi - facial paralysis, hemiplegia.
    • Calms the spirit, pacifies the liver - irritability, insomnia, liver yang rising, headache, dizziness.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Xi Xin

  • Chinese Wild Ginger
    • 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
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Qi Deficiency w/profuse sweating
    • Avoid in yin deficient cough
    • Avoid in blood deficiency headaches

Xi Yang Shen

  • American Ginseng Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Xian Mao

  • Golden Eye Grass Rhizome
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang
  • Cautions
  • Avoid with yin deficiency, empty heat signs

Xiao Hui Xiang

  • Fennel Seed
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Xu Duan

  • Japanese Teasel Root
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Xuan Shen

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  • Ningpo Figwort Root, Scrophularia
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Incompatible with Li Lu.

Ye Gu

  • Ghost Flower
    • 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


  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Yi Yi Ren

  • Seeds of Job's Tears
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Yi Zhi Ren

  • Black Cardamon
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Yin Yang Huo

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  • Arial Parts of Epimedium, Horny Goat Weed
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Yuan Hua

  • Genkwa Flower
    • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - cathartic and diuretic - fluids in the chest and abdomen.
    • Kills parasites - topically for ringworm.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Gan Cao.
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Toxic - may cause tremors and difficulty breathing.

Ze Xie

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.  See Gan Cao for complete information.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Zhi Mu

  • Anemarrhena Rhizome
    • 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.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with diarrhea from spleen deficiency.

Zhu Ling

Zi Ran Tong

  • Pyrite
    • Dispels blood stasis and promotes healing of bones and sinews - swellings due to trauma, fractures.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

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