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

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Dang Gui Chinese Angelica Root


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  • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
  • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
  • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
  • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Yin Chai Hu Stellaria Root

  • Clears Deficient Heat. Steaming bone disorder, deficient yin fever.
  • Clears Heat. Fever, thirst, irritability, childhood nutritional impairment due to heat accumulation.
  • Cools Blood, Stops Bleeding. Coughing up blood, nosebleed, xue lin, uterine bleeding.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Mu Hu Die Oroxylum Seeds


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  • Moistens the lungs and clears and the voice - cough, sore throat, hoarseness.
  • Comforts the liver and regulates qi - flank and epigastric pain due to constrained qi.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Ban Bian Lian Lobelia

  • Promotes urination and reduces edema - ascites.
  • Cools the blood and reduces toxicity - good for snake bites and wasp stings.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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