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.

375 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 Intestine71
Liver200
Lung145
Pericardium7
Small Intestine22
Spleen117
Stomach135
Triple Heater5
Urinary Bladder43

Some Herbs To Peruse...

Shi Shang Bo Doederlein's Spikemoss

  • Clears heat in the lungs - sore throat, cough, asthma, mastitis.
  • Damp heat related rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, pain and/or swelling in the eyes.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Gu Ya Rice Sprout


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  • Reduces food stagnation, strengthens spleen.
  • Stagnation caused by starchy food.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Bo He Field Mint, Mentha

  • Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat.
  • Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.
  • Resolves LV Qi Stagnation - emotional issues, PMS, menstrual issues, pressure in chest or sides of body.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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