TCM Herbs that influence the Spleen Channel

Spleen - General Concepts

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

The Spleen Channel Is Influenced By 113 Herbs In Our Database

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

Bai Bian Dou

Bai Dou Kou

  • Round Cardamon Fruit, White Cardamon
    • Transforms dampness - low appetite, greasy tongue coat, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Warms the middle warmer (stomach/spleen) and descends rebellious qi - vomiting due to cold from spleen/stomach qi deficiency or stomach cold.
    • Transforms stagnation - fullness in the chest.
  • Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness

Bai Fu Zi

  • Typhonium Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm, expels wind-cold, stops spasms - wind-phlegm affecting the head including wind stroke, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, migraines.
    • Relieves toxicity, dissipates nodules - snake bite, scrofula.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions
    • Toxic - Avoid during Pregnancy.

Bai Hua She

  • Agkistrodon, Bungarus Snake with Inner Organs Removed
    • Powerfully unblocks the channels and dispels wind - chronic wind-damp with numbness and weakness of the limbs and cramping of the sinews, tinea, numbness of the skin, any type of rash, spasms, facial paralysis or hemiplegia due to wind-stroke.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Bai Shao

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  • White Peony Root
    • Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang).
    • Calms liver yang, alleviates pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen due to liver yang rising - cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
    • Preserves yin, adjusts ying and wei levels - vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea, exterior wind-cold from deficiency with continuous sweating, spontaneous sweating, night sweats.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.

Bai Xian Pi

Bai Zhu

Ban Xia

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  • Pinellia Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen.
    • Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness in the stomach.
    • Dissipates nodules, reduces distension - phlegm in chest or neck or anywhere in the body, focal distention in the chest.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions

Bie Jia

  • Chinese Soft Turtle Shell
    • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with fever, steaming bone, night sweats, often used when accompanied with internal liver wind symptoms.
    • Invigorate blood, promotes menses, dissipates nodules - chest and flank accumulations causing pain, amenorrhea, malarial disorders with palpable masses, excessive menses due to heat in the blood.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Bing Pian

Bu Gu Zhi

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  • Psoralea Fruit
    • Tonify Kidney, strengthen yang - impotence, premature ejaculation, cold and painful lower back.
    • Stabilizes 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

Can Sha

  • Silkworm Feces
    • Expels wind-damp - bi syndromes, itchy rashes due to wind-damp.
    • Harmonizes the stomach, transforms turbid dampness - vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pain, borborygmus.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Cang Zhu

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  • Atractylodes
    • Strongly dries dampness, strengthens spleen - low appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distention, fatigue, vomiting, greasy tongue coat.
    • Expels wind-damp-cold (bi-syndrome) in extremities.
    • Clears damp-heat from lower burner (combine with clear-heat herbs, however, as this has a warm nature (for example, Er Miao San) - vaginal discharge, swollen and sore joints.
    • Induces sweating, release the exterior.
    • Improves vision.
  • Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness

Cao Dou Kou

Chen Pi

  • Tangerine Peel
    • Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; specifically directing it downward - good for different types of nausea/vomiting).
    • Important herb for drying dampness and the transformation of phlegm - coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, and copious viscous sputum (qi-level herb).
    • Prevents stagnation - prevents cloying of tonifying herbs.
    • Ju Hong is the red part of the tangerine peel - it is more drying and aromatic.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

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

Chi Shao

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  • Red Peony Root
    • Invigorates blood, dispels stasis (stronger than Mu Dan Pi) - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal pain and masses, traumatic pain associated with swelling, early stages of abscesses and boils.
    • Clears heat, cools the blood (especially for excess heat in the blood) - for heat entering the blood level with fever, purple tongue, skin blotches, bleeding, gyn issues.
    • Clears liver fire - for red swollen, painful eyes.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

Chi Shi Zhi

  • Halloysite, Kaolin
    • Binds the intestines, stops cold diarrhea - cold diarrhea with mucus and bleeding.
    • Contain the blood, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, excess menses, prolapse.
    • Promotes healing of wounds, chronic ulcers, topically for weeping damp sores.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind
  • Cautions

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

Da Fu Pi

  • Areca Peel, Betel Husk
    • Promotes the downward movement of Qi, reduces stagnation - food stagnation and qi obstruction w/epigastric and abdominal distention, belching, acid regurgitation, constipation.
    • Expels damp, promotes urination - edema, dampness in the stomach and intestines.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Da Ji

  • Japanese Thistle
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding due to reckless movement of hot blood - nosebleed, vomiting blood, blood in urine or stool, uterine bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding.
    • Reduces swelling, generates flesh - topically for carbuncles, sores, swellings.
    • Internal abscesses - intestinal, lung.
    • Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
    • Nephritis, hematuria.
    • Can be used alone for hypertension, particularly from liver heat or liver fire, but can be used in conjunction with other formulas.
    • Studies have shown benefits for pancreatic beta cells - pancreatic cancer, diabetes.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Use with caution and only under direct supervision with pregnancy.
    • Use with caution when signs of stomach and/or spleen deficiency are present - particularly watery stools.
    • Use with caution in patients with no or limited signs of blood stagnation. 
    • As Da Ji contains vitamin K it may reduce the effect of certain blood thinners.  While it isn't necessarily to be avoided, it should be used with caution on patients using drugs such as warfarin.

Da Zao

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  • Chinese Date, Jujube
    • Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, loose stools.
    • Nourishes the blood, calms the spirit - irritability, pale complexion, emotional disturbances, restlessness.
    • Useful to harmonize the harsh properties of other herbs.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • May cause heat, dampness, and phlegm leading to fullness in the middle jiao, food stagnation.

Dan Nan Xing

  • Jack in the Pulpit Rhizome and Bile
    • Transforms phlegm heat, extinguishes wind, stops convulsions - muscle spasms/cramps, infantile convulsions, seizure disorders, facial paralysis, stroke (CVA) from wind and phlegm obstruction.
    • Zhi (or Tian) Nan Xing is prepared with fresh ginger and Dan Nan Xing is prepared with cow bile.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during pregnancy.

Dang Gui

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  • Chinese Angelica Root
    • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
    • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
    • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
    • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

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

Di Long

  • Earthworm
    • Drains liver heat, stops spasms an convulsions - high fever with convulsions and seizures.
    • Clears lung heat - wheezing.
    • Clears heat in the channels and promotes movement - swollen, painful joints with limited range of motion, sequelae of wind-stroke.
    • Clears heat and promotes urination - hot painful urinary dysfunction, edema.
    • Hypertension associated with liver yang rising.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Ding Xiang

E Zhu

  • Zeodoaria Rhizome
    • Breaks up blood stasis, promotes movement of Qi, alleviates pain - abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal masses, epigastric masses due to blood stasis.
    • Dissolve food stagnation, accumulations.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Do Not Use During Pregnancy

Fang Feng

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  • Ledebouriella root, siler
    • Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache)
    • Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb)
    • Trembling hands and/or feet
    • Spleen/Liver intestinal issues - painful diarrhea, bright blood in stool
    • Migraines
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Yin Deficiency - Empty Heat
    • Avoid in spasms from Blood Deficiency

Fo Shou

  • Finger Citron Fruit
    • Regulates and soothes liver Qi - rib pain and distention, belching.
    • Harmonizes the stomach and strengthens the spleen - epigastric pain and distention, lack of appetite, belching, vomiting.
    • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - chronic cough with phlegm and chest pain (weak, not well suited for acute conditions).
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

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.

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 Jiang

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  • Dried Ginger Root
    • Warms the middle and expels cold - warms spleen and stomach both in conditions of excess due to externally contacted cold, as well as cold from deficiency due to yang qi deficiency.
    • Rescues devastated yang, expels interior cold - very weak pulse and cold limbs.
    • Warms the lungs and transforms phlegm - lung cold with thin, watery or white sputum.
    • Warms the channels, stops bleeding - hemorrhage of various types, especially for uterine bleeding (must be due to cold - chronic and pale in color, with cold limbs, soggy pulse).
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Gao Liang Jiang

Ge Gen

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  • Kudzu Root, Pueraria
    • Releases muscles, clears heat - exterior disease in subcutaneous region and muscles (governed by spleen and stomach) - fever, headache, stiffness in the back and the neck.
    • Nourishes fluids, alleviates thirst - stomach heat, externally-contracted heat.
    • Vents measles - accelerates rash at early stages.
    • Alleviates diarrhea - diarrhea or dysenterial disorders due to heat; may be used for spleen deficiency diarrhea if combined with other herbs.
    • Alleviates symptoms of hypertension - headaches, dizziness, tinnitus.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

Gu Ya

Guan Zhong

  • Dryopteris Root
    • Kills parasites - tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms.
    • Drains heat and relieves fire toxicity - wind-heat colds, damp-heat induced sores, carbuncles.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - bleeding due to hot blood, uterine bleeding.
  • Herbs That Expel Parasites

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.

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

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

He Ye

Hou Po

  • Magnolia Bark
    • Promotes movement of Qi, transforms dampness, resolves stagnation - dampness in spleen/stomach, food stagnation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention (*important herb for this).
    • Warms and transforms phlegm and directs rebellious lung Qi downward - wheezing, phlegm with coughing, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

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 Qi

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  • Astragalus Root
    • Tonifies spleen qi - lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea.
    • Raises yang qi of spleen and stomach - prolapse of uterus, stomach, rectum, uterine bleeding.
    • Augments the wei qi and stabilizes the exterior - deficiency w/spontaneous sweating, frequent colds or shortness of breath.
    • Tonify qi and blood due to loss of blood - postpartum fever.
    • Edema from deficiency.
    • Promote discharge of pus, generate flesh - sores due to deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

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.

Huo Xiang

Ji Nei Jin

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.

Ji Xue Teng

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  • Millettia Vine
    • Promotes the movement of blood, tonify the blood - blood deficiency patterns such as irregular menses, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, accompanied with abdominal pain.
    • Invigorate the channels, relax the sinews - numbness of the extremities, lower back pain, knee pain, damp bi-syndrome, w/blood deficiency or stasis.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Jiang Huang

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  • Tumeric Rhizome
    • Invigorate blood, unblock menses - chest and abdominal pain, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, pain and swelling due to trauma.
    • Promote the movement of Qi, alleviate pain - epigastric and/or abdominal pain.
    • Expel wind, promote movement of blood - wind damp painful obstruction w/blood stasis (particularly in the shoulders).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Jiang Xiang

  • Dalbergia Heartwood
    • Disperses blood stasis, stops bleeding - internal injuries due to trauma, fracture.
    • Invigorates blood, promotes qi movement - epigastric and abdominal pain.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Jiu Ji Nu

  • Artemesia
    • Dispels blood stasis, unblocks menses - amenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, pain due to trauma.
    • Topically - burns, bleeding from wounds, contusions.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Jiu Jie Chang Pu

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  • Altaica Rhizome
    • Opens the Orifices and Transforms Phlegm - Seizures from high fevers, strong psychiatric illnesses, loss of consciousness and/or very muddled thinking, tinnitus, deafness.
    • Stagnant energy in the chest, abdominal distention, bloating.
    • Wind damp related arthritis.
  • Herbs That Open Orifices
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients with yin deficiency or yang rising.

Ju Hong

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 Yan Rou

  • Longan Fruit Flesh
    • Tonify heart and spleen, nourish blood, calm the spirit - insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, dizziness.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

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 Qian Zi

  • Nux-Vomica Seeds
    • Unblock the channels, disperse clumps - reduces swelling and alleviates pain.
    • Abscess, yin-type ulcers, pain due to trauma, wind-damp obstruction.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Mai Ya

Mei Gui Hua

  • Young Flower of Chinese Rose
    • Promotes the movement of Qi and relieves constraint - liver-stomach disharmony with pain and distention in the flanks and epigastrium, belching, poor appetite.
    • Promotes the movement of Qi, harmonizes the Blood, disperses stasis - irregular menses, breast tenderness (PMS), menstrual pain; stasis from trauma.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Mi Tuo Seng

Ming Fan

  • Alum
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, dry dampness, alleviate itch.
    • Topical wash for scabies, ringworm, damp or damp heat rash.
    • Swollen painful eyes, throat, and jaundice.
    • Stops bleeding, alleviates diarrhea - chronic blood in the stool/urine, hemorrhoidal bleeding, nosebleed, bleeding gums, any external bleeding.
    • Clears heat, expels phlegm, wind phlegm - irritability, delirium, convulsions, cough with thick sticky sputum.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Mo Yao

Mu Gua

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

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

Ren Shen

  • Ginseng Root
    • Strongly tonify yuan qi - extreme collapse of qi, shortness of breath, cold limbs, profuse sweating, weak pulse (often used alone for this condition after severe blood loss).
    • Tonify lung qi - wheezing, shortness of breath, w/kidneys failing to grasp the qi.
    • Strengthen the middle warmer - lethargy, no appetite, chronic diarrhea, prolapse of organs, distended chest/abdomen.
    • Generates fluids, stops thirst - xiao ke, damaged fluid due to high dever and profuse sweating.
    • Benefits heart qi, calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, restlessness due to qi and/or blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid tea and turnips while taking ginseng.
    • Antagonist with Wu Ling Zhi, Incompatible with Li Lu.
    • Avoid with high blood pressure and/or liver yang rising.

Rou Dou Kou

  • Nutmeg Seeds
    • Binds the intestines, stops chronic/daybreak diarrhea due to cold from spleen and kidney deficiency.
    • Warms the middle burner, moves Qi - alleviates pain in abdomen, vomiting due to cold from deficiency of the spleen and stomach.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

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

Ru Xiang

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  • Frankincense
    • Invigorate blood, dispel blood stasis, alleviate pain - trauma, carbuncles and swellings, chest and/or abdominal pain.
    • Relax the sinews, invigorates the channels, alleviates pain - bi syndromes, rigidity, spasms.
    • Reduces swellings, generates flesh - topically for sores, carbuncles, traumatic injury.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

San Leng

Sang Bai Pi

Sha Ren

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 Zha

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 Xiang

  • Navel Gland Secretions of Musk Deer
    • Opens the orifices, revives the spirit, unblocks closed disorders (a wide variety of problems that impair consciousness) - heat entering the pericardium, convulsions, delirium, stupor fainting, closed disorders, tetanic collapse, phlegm collapse, seizures.
    • Invigorates the blood, dissipates clumps, reduces swelling, alleviates pain - toxic sores, carbuncles, fixed masses, channel obstructions due to trauma.
  • Herbs That Open Orifices
  • Cautions
    • Do not use during pregnancy.

Shen Qu

Sheng Jiang

  • Fresh Ginger Rhizome
    • Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi
    • Warms the middle jiao - stomach cold/vomiting
    • Alleviates coughing, warms lung
    • Reduces toxicity of other herbs
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid w/heat in LU or ST
    • Use cautiously in patients with hypertension

    Sheng Ma

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    • Black Cohosh Rhizome, Bugbane Rhizome
      • Releases the exterior, vents muscles - accelerates the early stages of skin rashes, headache from wind-heat (forehead - stomach channel).
      • Clears heat, relieves toxicity - toxins in the upper or superficial areas, swelling, painful, sore gums, lips, and/or throat.
      • Raises yang, lifts spleen qi sinking (strong than Ge Gen) - for middle qi deficiency leading to shortness of breath, fatigue, prolapse of stomach, uterus, or rectum.
      • Serves to guide other herbs upwards.
    • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in cases of yin-deficient heat, upper-excesses and lower deficiencies.
      • Avoid with fully erupted measles.
      • Avoid in patients with breathing difficulties.

    Su He Xiang

    • Resin of Rose Maloes, Styrax
      • Opens the orifices, penetrates through turbidity - for closed disorders, phlegm blockages, epidemic toxic disease, especially cold disorders.
      • Pain in the chest and abdomen.
    • Herbs That Open Orifices

    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

    Tan Xiang

    Tian Nan Xing

    • Arisaema
      • Dries dampness and expels phlegm - cough and distension in the chest, extremely drying.
      • Disperses wind-phlegm in the channels and stops spasms - dizziness, numbness, facial paralysis, spasms in the hands and feet, stroke, seizures, lockjaw.
      • Reduces swelling and alleviates pain (topically).
    • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    Tu Bie Chong

    • Wingless Cockroach
      • Breaks up and drives out blood stasis - wide variety of blood stasis such as abdominal masses and amenorrhea, numb and swollen tongue due to blood stasis.
      • Renews joints, sinews, bones - contusions, fractures, lacerations.
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    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

    Wu Ling Zhi

    • Flying Squirrel Feces
      • Disperse blood stasis, alleviate pain - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, epigastric pain due to blood stasis.
      • Transforms stasis, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, lochioschesis.
      • Childhood nutritional impairment with focal distention.
      • Use raw to invigorate blood and dry-fry to stop bleeding.
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Cautions

    Wu Mei

    • Mume Fruit
      • Inhibit leakage of lung qi - lung deficiency cough.
      • Binds intestines - chronic diarrhea or dysentery.
      • Generates fluids - alleviates thirst due to heat from deficiency or qi and yin deficiency, xiao ke.
      • Expels roundworm - alleviates abdominal pain.
      • Stops bleeding - blood in the stool, uterine bleeding with blood deficiency signs (dryness, thirst, parched mouth).
    • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

    Wu Shao She

    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

    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

    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

    Xuan Fu Hua

    • Inula Flower
      • Redirects lung qi downward, expels cold-phlegm - wheezing and copious sputum.
      • Stops vomiting, rebellious qi - from cold due to deficiency of stomach or spleen.
    • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold

    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 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 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

    Ze Lan

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    • Bugleweed
      • Promotes movement of blood and menstruation - pain due to blood stasis obstructing menses, post partum abdominal pain from stasis.
      • Invigorates blood and dispels blood stasis - topically and interally for pain and swelling from traumatic injury or abscess.
      • Promotes urination - post partum edemc or lin, systematic or facial edema.
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    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 Ke

    Zhi Shi

    • Immature Bitter Orange
      • Breaks up Qi stagnation, reduces accumulations, transforms phlegm - epigastric or abdominal pain and distention or indigestion w/focal distention or gas.
      • Directs qi downward and unblocks bowels - frequently used for abdominal pain and constipation by accumulation and stagnant Qi.
      • Transforms phlegm and expels focal.
      • Used with Qi tonifying herbs for the prolapse of organs.
      • Raises blood pressure.
    • Herbs That Regulate The Qi
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    Zhu Ling

    Zi Su Ye

    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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