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TCM Herbs that influence the Stomach Channel



Stomach - General Concepts

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



The Stomach Channel Is Influenced By 134 Herbs In Our Database

Ba Dou

  • Croton Seed
    • Vigorously purges, warmly unblocks - severe cold accumulation in the interior leading to constipation and abdominal fullness and pain.
    • Drives out water and reduces edema - ascites.
    • Bursts clogged phlegm and improves condition of throat - difficult breathing due to phlegm in the throat, wheezing.
    • Promotes healing of abscesses and ulcers - topically, accelerates ulcerating process.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Antagonist with Qian Niu Zi
    • Avoid in Pregnancy
    • Toxic - very irritating to the skin and musous membranes

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 She Cao

Bai Ji

  • Bletilla Rhizome
    • Stops bleeding from the lungs and stomach - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed.
    • Reduces swelling and generates flesh - topically for sores, chapped skin, skin ulcers, especially for chronic, nonhealing ulcers.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions

Bai Jiang Cao

  • Patrinia, Thiaspi
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, and expels pus - intestinal abscess, sores, swellings.
    • Dispels blood stasis, stops pain - for heat induced blood stasis, especially in the abdomen and chest; also for post-partum pain, post-operative pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Bai Mao Gen

  • Wolly Grass Root
    • Cools blood and stops bleeding - blood in urine, nosebleed, vomiting blood, coughing blood.
    • Clears heat and promotes urination - hot painful urination with edema and difficult urination.
    • Clears heat from the stomach and lungs - nausea and thirst due to stomach heat or wheezing due to lung heat.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Bai Tou Weng

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 Xian Pi

Bai Zhi

Bai Zhu

Ban Lan Gen

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

Ban Zhi Lian

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

Bing Lang

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  • Betel Nut, Areca Seeds
    • Kills parasites - tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms, blood flukes, helps expel body of worms as well.
    • Promote movement of Qi, reduce stagnation - drains down and unblocks the bowels, food accumulation, abdominal distention, constipation, tenesmus.
    • Promote urination - damp phlegm and malarial disorders.
  • Herbs That Expel Parasites

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 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

Chuan Lian Zi

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  • Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit
    • Promotes the movement of Qi and stops pain - flank, rib, abdominal pain due to liver qi stagnation or liver-stomach disharmony; hernial disorders, good w/heat signs.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness, regulates qi, alleviates pain due to damp-heat stagnant qi - same symptoms as above.
    • Kills parasites and stops pain - roundworms and tape worms (primarily for pain).
    • Compare with Xia Ku Cao, Long Dan Cao, Zhi Zi for clearing liver heat function.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Chuan Shan Jia

  • Pangolin Scales
    • Disperses blood stasis, unblocks menses, promotes lactation - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, insufficient lactation due to blood stasis.
    • Reduces swellings and promotes discharge of pus - abscesses and boils (topically).
    • Expels wind-damp from the channels.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Chuan Xin Lian

Chun Pi

  • Bark or Root Bark of Ailanthus
    • Clears heat, dries dampness, binds up intestines - chronic diarrhea due to damp-heat, with blood in the stool, chronic vaginal discharge due to damp-heat.
    • Kills parasites - roundworms.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Cong Bai

  • Spring Onion
    • Releases exterior, induces sweating (early stages of wind-cold)
    • Disperses cold, unblocks yang - abdominal pain, nasal congestion
    • Apply topically for dispersing masses - abscesses, sores, etc.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in exterior deficiency w/profuse sweating
    • No honey in decoction

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 Huang

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  • Rhubarb
    • Drains heat and purges accumulations - high fever, profuse sweating, thirst, constipation, abdominal distention and pain, delirium, yellow tongue coating, full pulse which indicates intestinal heat excess or yang ming stage illness.
    • Drains heat from the blood - blood in the stool from bleeding hemorrhoids or heat in the intestine; vomting blood or nosebleed accompanied by constipation; painful eyes or fire toxin sores due to heat in the blood level.
    • Drains damp-heat via the stool - jaundice, dysentery, lin syndrome.
    • Invigorates the blood and dispels blood stasis - amenorrhea, abdominal masses, fixed pain due to blood stasis (recent and long-term blood stasis).
    • Clears heat and reduces fire toxicity - for burns, hot skin.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Nursing
    • Avoid in exterior disorders and deficiency of qi and/or blood

Da Qing Ye

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 Dou Chi

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.

Di Yu

  • Bloodwort Root
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding in lower burner due to damp heat - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids, uterine bleeding.
    • Clears heat and generates flesh - topically for burns, carbuncles.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Ding Xiang

Dong Gua Ren

  • Winter Melon Seed
    • Clears lung and intestinal heat, expels phlegm, discharges pus - thick, sticky, yellow phlegm, damp-heat with phlegm obstruction in the upper/lower jiao (lung/intestinal abscess).
    • Clears heat, drains dampness - leukorrhea due to damp-heat.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

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

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 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

Gua Lou

  • Trichosanthes Fruit
    • Clears heat and transforms phlegm-heat - for heat-induced coughs with sputum that is thick and difficult to expectorate.
    • Expands the chest and dissipates nodules - constriction, pain, lung abscesses, breast abscesses.
    • The peel, Gua Lou Pi, clears and transforms phlegm heat - dissipates nodules, regulates qi - dry cough, throat, cough, difficult to expectorate sputum.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
  • Cautions

Gua Lou Ren

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 Zao

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 Zi

  • Myrobalan Fruit, Terminalia, Chebula
    • Binds the intestines - hot or cold diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Leakage of lung qi - cough, wheezing, loss of voice.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

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

Hu Huang Lian

  • Pierorhizae Rhizome
    • Drains damp-heat - dysentery, sores.
    • Clears deficient heat - yin deficiency heat symptoms.
    • Clears heat and reduces childhood nutritional impairment - abdominal distention, afternoon fever, dysentery.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Hua Shi

  • Talcum Powder
    • Promotes urination, drains heat from the bladder - important herb for hot lin syndromes, also for damp heat generated diarrhea.
    • Clears heat, summer heat (w/urinary difficult) and damp-heat through urine.
    • Absorbs dampness (oozing eczema) - used topically for damp skin lesions.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Huang Lian

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  • Coptis Rhizome
    • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - high fever, irritability, disorientation, delirium, painful, red eyes, red tongue, sore throat, boils, carbuncles, abscesses.
    • Clears heat, drains dampness - for damp-heat in the stomach or intestine, diarrhea or dysenteric disorder, vomiting and/or acid regurgitation due to stomach heat.
    • Clears heart fire - irritability, insomnia.
    • Clears heat and stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in the urine, stool, vomiting due to hot blood.
    • Topically for red, painful eyes and ulcerations of the tongue and mouth.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Huang Qin

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

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

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

Jin Yin Hua

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

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

Kun Bu

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.

Li Zhi He

Long Dan Cao

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

Lu Dou

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 Gen

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  • Reed Rhizome
    • Clears heat, generates fluids - heat patterns with high fever, irritability, thirst.
    • Clears lung heat - cough, thick yellow sputum.
    • Clears stomach heat - vomiting, belching.
    • Clears heat, diuretic - dark, scanty urine, xue lin, accompanied by thirst and irritability.
    • Encourages rashes to the surface - for febrile disease with rashes that are incompletely expressed.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with spleen or stomach cold from deficiency.

Lu Hui

  • Dried Aloe Leaf Juice
    • Drains fire and guides out accumulation - constipation, dizziness, red eyes, irritability; good for chronic cases.
    • Kills parasites, strengthens stomach - roundworms and ringworms.
    • Clears heat and cools the liver - epigastric discomfort, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, irritability, constipation, and fever due to heat in the liver channel.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Menstruation

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

Mai Men Dong

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  • Ophiopogon Tuber
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood.
    • Augments stomach yin, generates fluids - dry tongue and mouth.
    • Clears heat and eliminates irritability due to yin deficiency or a warm-febrile disease in the ying level - particularly when symptoms are worse at night.
    • Moistens the intestines - constipation.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Mai Ya

Man Jing Zi

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  • Vitex Fruit Seed
    • Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat especially with headache or eye pain.
    • Wind-heat in the liver channel - excessive tearing, red-painful-swollen eyes, floaters.
    • Drains damp, expels wind - supporting herb for stiff, numb, cramping, and/or heavy limbs.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of Stomach Qi Deficiency.
    • Avoid in headaches or eye problems that arise from yin/blood deficient heat.

Mang Xiao

  • Glauber's Salt
    • Purges accumulations, guides out stagnation - heat in the stomach and intestines with constipation; moistens dryness and softens hardness.
    • Clears heat, reduces swelling - red, swollen, painful eyes, mouth, and/or throat; red, swollen skin lesions including breast problems.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy, while nusrsing, during menstruation.
    • Avoid in the elderly.
    • Avoid in cases of excess heat.

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

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

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

Niu Bang Zi

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  • Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium
    • Expels wind-heat (acrid), benefits throat - fever, cough, sore, red, swollen throat.
    • Clears heat (bitter, cold), relieves toxicity, vents rashes - red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, acute febrile rashes, early stages of measles with incomplete expression.
    • Moistens intestines (rich plant oil - slippery) - constipation due to wind-heat (cold nature of the herb).
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in qi deficiency, diarrhea, lack of excess heat.
    • Avoid when open sores and/or carbuncles are present.

Ou Jie

Pei Lan

Pi Pa Ye

Pu Gong Ying

Qin Jiao

Qin Pi

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

Qing Dai

  • Indigo Naturalis
    • Cools the blood - can be useful for bleeding disorders, nosebleeds, bruising/blotches at the skin level.
    • Clears heat/toxic heat - cough, particularly with yellow mucus, sore throat, mouthsores, mumps.
    • Drains liver fire/calms liver wind - convulsions, clear summerheat affecting the liver system in particular.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients with cold in the stomach and/or very deficient spleen/stomach qi.
    • Some patients may have skin allergic reactions to the herb.

Qing Pi

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

Ren Dong Teng

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

San Qi (Tian Qi)

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  • Pseudoginseng Root
    • Stops bleeding, transforms blood stasis - internal and external bleeding such as vomiting blood, nosebleed, blood in the urine or stool.
    • Can stop bleeding without causing blood stasis.
    • Traumatic injuries - alleviate pain, reduce swelling from falls, fracture, sprains.
    • Invigorates the blood - chest and abdominal pain, joint pain from blood stasis.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Sha Ren

Sha Shen

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  • Glehnia Root
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry, non-productive cough due to lung yin deficiency.
    • Nourish the stomach, generate fluids, clear heat (after febrile disease or yin deficiency) - dry mouth or throat.
    • Moisten the exterior - dry itchy skin aggravated by cold and dry weather.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin
  • Cautions

Shan Zha

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.

    Shi Chang Pu

    Shi Di

    Shi Gao

    • Gypsum
      • The most important herb to clear internal heat, especially in the qi and yang ming levels.
      • Clears heat, drains fire (heavy, descending) - high fever with no chills, excessive thirst, sweating, flooding and big pulse (the "4 bigs"), irritability, red tongue with yellow coat.
      • Clears excess lung heat - cough, wheezing, fever, thick yellow sputum.
      • Clears blazing stomach fire - headache, toothache, painful and swollen gums.
      • Topically for eczema, burns, ulcerated sores; may also be taken internally.
    • Herbs That Drain Fire
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in patients with a weak stomach, weak pulse, and yang deficiency.
      • Avoid in cases with heat from yin deficiency.

    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

    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

    Tan Xiang

    Tian Hua Fen

    • Trichosanthes Root
      • Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens lung dryness.
      • Drains heat, generates fluid (fluids injured) - thirst, irritability, wasting and thirsting disorder, cough, thick sputum.
      • Relieves toxicity, expels pus - toxic hot carbuncles, breast abscess.
    • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    Tong Cao

    • Rice Paper Pith
      • Promotes urination and clears heat - for damp warm febrile disease or damp-heat lin.
      • Promotes lactation.
    • Herbs That Drain Dampness

    Tu Fu Ling

    Wang Bu Liu Xing

    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 Gua

    Xi Jiao

    • Rhinoceros Horn
      • Clears Heat, Relieves Fire Toxicity, Cools Blood, Arrests Tremors. Erythema, nosebleed, vomiting blood, delirium, convulsions, manic behavior, loss of consciousness.
    • Herbs That Cool The Blood
    • Cautions
    • Pregnancy, Yin Deficiency Fever, Incompatible (antagonist) with Chuan Wu Tou and Cao Wu Tou.

    Xian Lu Gen

    • Fresh Reed Rhizome
      • This is Lu Gen in its fresh form.  See the Lu Gen page for all indications.  
      • Xian Lu Gen is stronger in clearing heat, generating body fluids and promoting urination than the dried herb.
    • Herbs That Drain Fire

    Xiang Ru

    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

    Xie Bai

    • Chive Bulb
      • Unblocks the yang Qi and disperses cold phlegm - damp-cold bi of the chest due to cold turbid phlegm preventing the flow of yang qi - chest, flank, or upper back pain, dyspnea, coughing, wheezing, stifling sensation in the chest.
      • Promotes the movement of Qi and Blood, alleviates pain - epigastric fullness, distention, abdominal pain, chest pain due to blood obstructing the heart channel.
      • Directs Qi downward, reduces stagnation - damp stagnation in the large intestine (dysenteric disorders).
    • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

    Xin Yi Hua

    Xiong Huang

    • Realgar
      • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, stops itching, inflammation, abscess.
      • Topically - scabies, ringworm, dam rashes.
      • Kills parasites - accumulation symptoms with roundworms.
      • Dries dampness, expels phlegm - wheezing, seizures, malarial conditions.
    • Herbs For External Applications
    • Cautions
      • Generally, Avoid Using This Herb.

    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

    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.

    Yan Hu Suo

    Yin Chai Hu

    • Stellaria Root
      • Clears Deficient Heat. Steaming bone disorder, deficient yin fever.
      • Clears Heat. Fever, thirst, irritability, childhood nutritional impairment due to heat accumulation.
      • Cools Blood, Stops Bleeding. Coughing up blood, nosebleed, xue lin, uterine bleeding.
    • Herbs That Cool The Blood

    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 Zhu

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    • Solomon's Seal Rhizome, Polygonatum
      • Nourish yin, moisten dryness - lung and stomach dry heat or yin deficiency patterns with cough, dry throat, thirst, irritability, steaming bone disorder, xiao ke, excess hunger, constipation.
      • Clear wind, softens and moistens the sinews - wind generated by insufficient fluids, leading to pain and spasms in the sinews, dizziness from yin deficiency and internal movement of wind.
      • Also useful for wind-heat in yin deficient constitution (not cloying herb).
    • Herbs That Tonify Yin

    Zao Jiao Ci

    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 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.

    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.

    Zhi Zi

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    • Cape Jasmine Fruit, Gardenia
      • Clears heat (Heart and Liver), eliminates irritability - heat patterns with fever, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, stifling sensation in the chest.
      • Drains damp heat - lin (urinary dysfunction) syndrome due to damp-heat in the lower warmer, damp-heat and constrained liver and gallbladder causing jaundice, damp-heat in the gall bladder and triple heater channels of the face - eyes, nose, sores in the mouth and face.
      • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in vomit, stool, urine; (needs to partially charred).
      • Topically for blood stasis due to trauma, reduces swelling.
    • Herbs That Drain Fire
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or loss of appetite due to cold from deficiency.

    Zhu Ru




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