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...

Xie Bai Chive Bulb

  • Unblocks the yang Qi and disperses cold phlegm - damp-cold bi of the chest due to cold turbid phlegm preventing the flow of yang qi - chest, flank, or upper back pain, dyspnea, coughing, wheezing, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Promotes the movement of Qi and Blood, alleviates pain - epigastric fullness, distention, abdominal pain, chest pain due to blood obstructing the heart channel.
  • Directs Qi downward, reduces stagnation - damp stagnation in the large intestine (dysenteric disorders).

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Qian Shi Euryale Seed


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  • Strengthen spleen - stop diarrhea, good for children.
  • Stabilize kidneys, retains jing - patterns of kidney qi deficiency with nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, urinary frequency.
  • Expels damp - damp heat or deficient leukorrhea.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Yuan Hua Genkwa Flower

  • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - cathartic and diuretic - fluids in the chest and abdomen.
  • Kills parasites - topically for ringworm.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Bai Xian Pi Dictamnus Root Bark


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  • Clears heat, relieves fire toxicity, expels wind, dries dampness - wind-heat or damp-heat sores, carbuncles, rashes with excessive pus, moist skin; also for damp-heat jaundice (only in combination).

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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