TCM Herbal Database - Materia Medica - Channels Influenced

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs are divided into many categorizations which help to ensure they are used effectively. Below you will find herbs categorized by the meridians, or channels, that the herbs will influence. When preparing formulas for a given condition you may use herbs that either effect a particular meridian or organ directly or herbs that will help lead the properties of other herbs into a particular channel.

For example, you may want an herbal formula that cools lung heat for a cough. You can use herbs that are directly cooling on the lungs or a combination of herbs that are cooling and have a strong influence on leading that property of the herbs to the lungs.

You may also use herbs to protect a certain channel or organ system from side effects of stronger herbs that you are using to treat a particular condition.

Listed below are the channels influenced along with the number of herbs within each meridian that are contained in our tcm herbal database.

373 TCM Herbs Listed By The Channels They Influence

Below is a table of the Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs categorized by the channels they influence. You may click on a channel to view the names and functions of each individual herb as well as to learn more about the channel influences. You may also view the herbs categorized by properties and functions.

Channel InfluencedNum of Herbs
Gall Bladder22
Heart85
Kidney102
Large Intestine69
Liver199
Lung144
Pericardium7
Small Intestine21
Spleen115
Stomach135
Triple Heater5
Urinary Bladder43

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Zong Lu Pi Trachycarpus Stipule Fiber

  • Binds and stops bleeding - coughing of blood, blood tinged sputum, nosebleed, blood in the stool, uterine bleeding.

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Channels Influenced

Hai Zao Sargassum, Seaweed


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  • Clears heat, reduces phlegm nodules - goiter, scrofula.
  • Promotes urination (adjunctive herb) - reduces edema, particularly in the leg and floating type.

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Properties

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Bai Jie Zi White Mustard Seed

  • Warms the lungs, regulates qi, expels cold-phlegm - cough with copious and thin sputum, chest distention, pain due to accumulation of phlegm-cold, especially for chronic disorders.
  • Dissipates nodules, reduces swelling, alleviates pain (both joint and body), yin type boils.

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Properties

Channels Influenced

Du Huo Angelica Root


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  • Dispels wind-cold-damp - bi syndromes, especially lower back and legs (acute/chronic).
  • Shao yin stage headache and toothache.

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Properties

Channels Influenced

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