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TCM Herbs with Neutral (Ping) Properties



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80 Herbs In Our Database Have Neutral (Ping) Properties

(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

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 Bian Dou

Bai Guo

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

Ban Bian Lian

  • Lobelia
    • Promotes urination and reduces edema - ascites.
    • Cools the blood and reduces toxicity - good for snake bites and wasp stings.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Bei Xie

  • Dioscorea Root
    • Separates the pure from the turbid - cloudy urine and leukorrhea, either from damp-heat or deficiency.
    • Expels wind damp (cold and hot bi syndromes), relaxes the sinews.
    • Damp-heat - skin disorders (eczema, pustular sores).
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Chi Xiao Dou

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  • Aduki Bean
    • Clears heat, promotes urination - abdominal fullness and swelling due to edema, urinary difficulty, leg qi edema; the nature of this herb is to move downward and relieve edema by water or dampness drained from the body.
    • Disperses blood stasis - reduces swelling and fire toxicity, sores, carbuncles.
    • Clears damp heat - jaundice.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Dan Zhu Ye

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  • Lophatherum Stem and Leaves
    • Clears heat - heat patterns with irritability and thirst, mouth sores and swollen, painful gums due to heat in the heart or stomach channels.
    • Promotes urination and clears damp-heat - lin syndrome, especially for heat in the small intestine channel with above symptoms and dark red tip on the tongue.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Dang Shen

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  • Codonopsis Root
    • Tonifies the middle warmer, augments the qi - lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, any spleen qi deficiency issues, prolapse of uterus, stomach, rectum.
    • Tonifies the lungs - lung deficiency w/chronic cough, shortness of breath, copious sputum due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Nourishes fluids - xiao ke, thirst due to injury to fluids.
    • Often used with herbs that release the exterior when patient has significant qi deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

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 Ling

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  • Poria, China Root
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat.
    • Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Quiets the heart and calms the spirit - palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid Vinegar While Using This Herb.

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.

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 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 Jing Cao

  • Pipewort Scapus, Inflorescence
    • Disperse wind-heat, brighten the eyes - wind-heat entering the liver channel causing red, swollen eyes, floaters, pterygium.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of blood deficiency.

Gu Ya

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 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

He Huan Pi

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  • Mimosa Tree Bark
    • Calms the spirit, relieves constrained emotions - vexation, depression, insomnia, irritability, poor memory.
    • Invigorates the blood, alleviates pain - pain and swelling due to trauma, abscesses.
    • The flower, He Huan Hua (ye he hua, ye he mi) has similar functions for calming the shen from liver constraint - insomnia, chest oppression, irritability.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy (stimulates uterine contractions).

He Ye

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.

Hong Teng

  • Sargentadoxa Vine
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, reduces abscesses, and stops pain - for intestinal abscesses and skin lesions with heat, swelling, and pain.
    • Invigorates the blood, disperses stasis - trauma, dysmenorrhea, joint pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Hu Po

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  • Amber
    • Arrest tremors, stop palpitations, calm the spirit - tremor, palpitation, anxiety, excessive dreams, insomnia, poor memory, convulsions, seizures.
    • Invigorate the blood, dissipate stasis - amenorrhea with pain, palpable masses, coronary heart disease.
    • Promote urination, invigorate the blood - xue lin.
    • Reduce swellings, promote healing - sores, carbuncles, ulcers, genital swelling and pain.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Huang Jing

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  • Siberian Solomon Seal Rhizome
    • Tonify spleen qi and yin - with poor appetite, fatigue, dry mouth, loss of taste, dry stool, dry red tongue.
    • Moistens the lungs - dry cough, little sputum due to lung qi and yin deficiency.
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthen jing - lower back pain/weakness, lightheadedness.
    • Xiao Ke.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Huang Yao Zi

  • Dioscorea Bulbifera Tuber
    • Dissipates nodules and reduces massage - goiter, cancer.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - vomiting blood, coughing up blood, uterine bleeding.
    • Reduces toxicity of toxic swellings (topically).
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Huo Ma Ren

  • Hemp Seeds
    • Moistens and nourishes the intestines - constipation in the elderly, aftermath of a febrile disease, postpartum, and in cases of blood deficiency.
    • Mildly nourishes yin - constipation with yin deficiency.
    • Clears heat - promotes healing of sores (orally or topically).
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Toxic - overdose may caus nausea, vomiting, and/or coma.

Ji Nei Jin

Jiang Can

  • Silkworm
    • Extinguishes liver wind, stops spasms and convulsions - childhood convulsions or facial paralysis, seizures from liver-wind or wind-phlegm-heat.
    • Expels wind, stops pain - headache, red eyes, sore, swollen throat from an OPI or liver wind, loss of voice.
    • Transforms phlegm, dissipates nodules - phlegm-heat scrofula and other phlegm nodules.
    • Expels wind and stops itching.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Jie Geng

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

Lai Fu Zi

  • Radish/Turnip Seeds
    • Reduces food stagnation, transforms accumulations - distention, belching with a rotten smell, acid regurgitation.
    • Descends lung qi, reduces phlegm - chronic cough or wheezing due to excess syndromes.
  • Herbs That Relieve Food Stagnation
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of Stomach Fire.
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Lian Zi

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 Feng Fang

  • Hornets Nest
    • Relieve toxicity, expel wind, alleviate pain - toothache (gargle).
    • Topically - skin rash, itching, scabies, ringworm, sores, carbuncles.
    • Expel wind, dry damp - painful obstruction, wind rash.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Lu Gan Shi

  • Smithsonite
    • Brightens the eyes - superficial visual obstruction, red-swollen eyes.
    • Drys dampness, generates flesh - chronic draining pus from open sores.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Lu Lu Tong

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  • Sweetgum Fruit
    • Promotes movement of qi and blood, opens middle burner and unblocks the channels - irregular or scanty menses, abdominal pain or distention, pain and stiffness in the lower back and knees (wind-damp painful obstruction).
    • Promotes urination - edema with difficult urination.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Luo Han Guo

  • Momordica Fruit
    • Moistens and cools the lungs - hot coughs from lung yin deficiency.
    • Dissipates nodules - phlegm nodules in the neck, scrofula.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Ma Bo

Ma Huang Gen

Mai Ya

Meng Shi

  • Lapis Stone
    • Directs qi downward and reduces phlegm - wheezing and coughing due to old and stubborn phlegm.
    • Calms liver and controls palpitations and seizures.
  • Herbs That Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Mi Tuo Seng

Mo Yao

Mu Zei

Nan Gua Zi

  • Pumpkin Seeds
    • Expels parasites, alleviates pain - tapeworms, roundworms, schistosomiasis.
    • Benefits post partum fluid metabolism - post partum hand and feet swelling, aids in lactation.
  • Herbs That Expel Parasites

Nu Zhen Zi

Nuo Dao Gen Xu

Ou Jie

Pei Lan

Pu Huang

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  • Cattail Pollen, Bulrush
    • Stops bleeding (external and internal) - traumatic injury, uterine bleeding, vomiting blood, nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in urine or stool.
    • Invigorate blood, dispels stasis - chest pain, postpartum abdominal pain, menstrual pain due to blood stasis.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Qian Shi

Quan Xie

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  • Scorpion
    • Extinguishes liver wind, stops tremors and convulsions - liver wind phlegm patterns with spasms, acute/chronic childhood convulsions, tetanus, seizures, tremors, very effective!.
    • Fire toxic nodules - topically on toxic sores, swellings.
    • Unblocks the collaterals - painful headaches.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
  • Cautions
    • Do not use during pregnancy.
    • Avoid in Cases of Internal Wind with Blood Deficiency.

San Leng

Sang Ji Sheng

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

Shi Di

Shui Zhi

  • Leech
    • Breaks up blood stasis, reduces immobile masses - amenorrhea, abdominal masses, trauma.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Si Gua Luo

  • Dried Vegetable Sponge
    • Expels wind, invigorates the channels - damp heat obstructing the channels and muscles causing sore chest and flank areas, sore muscles and sinews, stiff joints, traumatic injury, breast abscess.
    • Expels phlegm - cough due to lung heat with high fever, chest pain, sticky sputum.
    • Expels summer heat, promotes urination.
    • Swollen-painful breasts, insufficient lactation.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Su Mu

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

Tai Zi Shen

  • Pseudostellaria
    • Strengthen the spleen, augment qi - fatigue, reduced appetite.
    • Tonifies lung qi - spontaneous sweating.
    • Generates fluids - thirst, injury to fluids after a febrile disease, fever, summerheat in children.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Tao Ren

  • Peach Seed
    • Breaks up blood stasis (important herb) - menstrual disorders, abdominal pain/masses, trauma, flank pain, lung abscess, intestinal abscess.
    • Moistens intestines, unblock bowels - constipation due to dry intestines.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Tian Ma

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  • Gastrodia Root
    • Calms the liver, extinguishes liver wind from either heat or cold patterns - spasms, tremors, headache, epilepsy, numbness, dizziness, wind-stroke, childhood convulsion, can be used for problems due to heat or blood deficiency.
    • Extinguishes wind, alleviates pain - headache, dizziness, migraine headaches that occur with wind-phlegm patterns, hemiplegia, dizziness, numbness.
    • Disperse painful obstruction due to wind phlegm - numbness and pain of the lower back and extremities.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Tu Fu Ling

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

Wa Leng Zi

  • Cockle Shell, Ark Shell
    • Invigorate blood, dissolve phlegm, dissipate nodules - abdominal masses (mobile or fixed, due to blood stasis/stagnation qi/accumulation of phlegm).
    • Absorb acid, alleviate pain - chronic stomach pain, ulcer, vomiting of acid.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Wang Bu Liu Xing

Wu Shao She

Xian He Cao

  • Agrimony Grass
    • Stops bleeding due to cold, heat, excess, or deficiency patterns - vomiting blood, coughing blood, nosebleed, bleeding gums, blook in the urine, uterine bleeding.
    • Alleviates diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Kills parasites.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Xiang Fu

  • Nut Grass Rhizome
    • Spreads and regulates the Qi, soothes the liver - hypochondriac pain, epigastric distention, disharmony between the liver and the spleen.
    • Regulates menses, alleviates pain (by resolving liver qi stagnation) - dysmenorrhea, irregular menses.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Xue Jie

  • Dragons Blood
    • Dispels blood stasis, relieves pain - traumatic injury, fractures, contusion, sprains, bruising.
    • Stops bleeding (topically) - external injury.
    • Protects decay of ulcer's surface, generates flesh - chronic non-healing sores.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Ye Jiao Teng

Yu Li Ren

  • Bush Cherry Pit
    • Moistens intestines, unblocks the bowel - constipation due to qi stagnation in intestines.
    • Promotes urination and reduces edema in the legs.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward

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

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.

Zi Zhu

  • Callicarpa Leaf
    • Stops bleeding, both internally and externally - particularly useful for blood in the urine.
    • Treatment of burns and sores.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Zong Lu Pi

  • Trachycarpus Stipule Fiber
    • Binds and stops bleeding - coughing of blood, blood tinged sputum, nosebleed, blood in the stool, uterine bleeding.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding



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