Traditional Chinese Medicine - Herbal Formulas - Functional Groupings

Functional Groupings

Below you will find our TCM Herbal Formula functional groupings, you may click a grouping to see more details about the formulas under that heading.  

Herbal formulas will generally be selected for their functions (as opposed to symptoms) first, their TCM patterns second and for their use with certain symptoms third or not at all.  This is largely because as practitioners we are more focused on treating the root vs. the symptoms.  But, perhaps more importantly, it is just simply how Chinese Medicine is utilized in most cases.  You arrive at a clinical TCM diagnosis, you decide a course of treatment and you treat, often in stages, as you work to help the body resolve these imbalances internally.


Formula Groupings Chart

Functional GroupingNum of Formulas
Calm The Spirit7
 -- Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit5
 -- Sedate and Calm the Spirit2
Clear Heat12
 -- Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity3
 -- Clear Heat From Deficiency2
 -- Clear Heat From The Nutritive Level and Cool The Blood2
 -- Clear Heat From The Organs4
 -- Clear Heat From The Qi Level0
 -- Relieve Summerheat0
Drain Downward2
 -- Drive Out Excess Water0
 -- Moisten the Intestines and Unblock the Bowels2
 -- Purge Heat Accumulation0
 -- Warm the Yang and Guide Out Accumulation0
Expel Dampness11
 -- Clear Damp-Heat6
 -- Dispel Wind-Dampness3
 -- Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness1
 -- Transform Damp Turbidity1
 -- Warm and Transform Water and Dampness1
Expel Parasites1
Expel Wind3
 -- Extinguish Internal Wind1
 -- Release Wind from the Skin and Channels2
 -- Harmonize Lesser Yang Stage Disorders0
 -- Harmonize the Stomach and Intestines1
 -- Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen10
Invigorate the Blood13
 -- Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis10
 -- Invigorate the Blood from Traumatic Injury1
 -- Warm the Menses and Dispel Blood Stasis2
Open the Orifices1
 -- Clear Heat and Open The Orifices1
 -- Scour Phlegm and Open the Orifices0
 -- Warms and Opens the Orifices0
Reduce Food Stagnation2
Regulate the Qi3
 -- Direct Rebellious Qi Downward1
 -- Promote the Movement of Qi2
Release the Exterior4
 -- Release Early Stage Exterior Disorders0
 -- Release Exterior Cold0
 -- Release Exterior Disorders with Head and Neck Symptoms0
 -- Release Exterior Disorders with Interior Deficiency0
 -- Release Exterior Wind Heat2
 -- Release Exterior-Interior Excess1
Stabilize and Bind2
 -- Restrain Leakage from the Intestines0
 -- Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs1
 -- Stabilize the Kidneys1
 -- Stabilize the Womb0
Stop Bleeding1
 -- Clear Heat and Stop Bleeding0
 -- Tonify and Stop Bleeding1
 -- Tonify the Blood1
 -- Tonify the Qi8
 -- Tonify the Qi and Blood7
 -- Tonify the Yin9
 -- Warm and Tonify the Yang3
Treat Dryness4
 -- Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness4
 -- Gently Disperse and Moisten Dryness0
Treat Phlegm6
 -- Clear Heat and Transform Phlegm2
 -- Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm1
 -- Induce Vomiting to Discharge Phlegm0
 -- Moisten Dryness and Transform Phlegm0
 -- Transform Phlegm and Dissipate Nodules0
 -- Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind2
 -- Warm and Transform Cold-Phlegm1
Warm Interior Cold2
 -- Rescue Devastated Yang1
 -- Warm the Channels and Disperse Cold0
 -- Warm the Middle and Dispel Cold1

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