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

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Ze Lan Bugleweed


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  • 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.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Zhi Yuan Zhi Honey Fried Senega Root

  • This is the honey fried version of Yuan Zhi. ┬áSee the Yuan Zhi page for more usage information.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Huai Hua Mi Pagoda Tree Bud

  • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - damp-heat in the large intestine - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids.
  • Cools liver fire - red eyes, dizziness.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Shi Wei Pyrrosia Leaves

  • Promotes urination, drains damp-heat from the bladder - hot, stone, xue lin.
  • Clears heat and stops bleeding - vomiting, uterine bleeding.
  • Clears the lungs, expels phlegm, relieves cough - lung heat, wheezing.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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