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

Some Herbs To Peruse...

Fan Xie Ye Senna

  • Drains downward, guides out stagnation - constipation due to heat.
  • Can also be used as a diet tea (1.5-3g).

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Zi Hua Di Ding Yedeon's Violet


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  • Clears heat and fire toxicity - hot swellings, red, swollen eyes, throat, and/or ears; mumps.
  • Clears hot sores - sores and abscesses of the head and/or back.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Zhe Bei Mu Fritillaria Bulb


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  • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - acute lung heat with productive cough.
  • Clears heat, dissipates nodules (better than Chuan Bei Mu - for phlegm-fire congealing and causing neck swellings, lung and breast abscesses and swellings.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Qing Xiang Zi Celosia Seeds

  • Drains liver fire, clears wind heat, improves vision - either wind-heat or liver fire causing red, painful eyes, superficial visual obstruction, and cataracts (stronger effect than Mi Meng Hua for excess fire).
  • Impaired, blurred vision - combine with Jue Ming Zi and Mi Meng Hua.
  • Hypertension due to liver yang rising.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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