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...

Xiang Fu Nut Grass Rhizome

  • Spreads and regulates the Qi, soothes the liver - hypochondriac pain, epigastric distention, disharmony between the liver and the spleen.
  • Regulates menses, alleviates pain (by resolving liver qi stagnation) - dysmenorrhea, irregular menses.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Sang Zhi Mulberry Twig


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  • Wind-damp bi especially in the upper extremities.
  • Reduces edema.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Da Ji Japanese Thistle

  • Cools the blood, stops bleeding due to reckless movement of hot blood - nosebleed, vomiting blood, blood in urine or stool, uterine bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Reduces swelling, generates flesh - topically for carbuncles, sores, swellings.
  • Internal abscesses - intestinal, lung.
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
  • Nephritis, hematuria.
  • Can be used alone for hypertension, particularly from liver heat or liver fire, but can be used in conjunction with other formulas.
  • Studies have shown benefits for pancreatic beta cells - pancreatic cancer, diabetes.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Bai Zi Ren Arbor-Vitae Seed

  • Nourishes heart blood, calms the spirit - irritability, insomnia, forgetfulness, palpitations.
  • Moisten the intestines from blood/yin deficiency - constipation (elderly, post-partum women).
  • Nightsweats due to yin deficiency.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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