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...

Jiu Chao Zhi Mu Wine Fried Anemarrhena Rhizome

  • This is the wine fried version of zhi mu.  For general usage information see the Zhi Mu page.  Frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold aspects.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Tu Bie Chong Wingless Cockroach

  • Breaks up and drives out blood stasis - wide variety of blood stasis such as abdominal masses and amenorrhea, numb and swollen tongue due to blood stasis.
  • Renews joints, sinews, bones - contusions, fractures, lacerations.

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

Gan Jiang Dried Ginger Root


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  • Warms the middle and expels cold - warms spleen and stomach both in conditions of excess due to externally contacted cold, as well as cold from deficiency due to yang qi deficiency.
  • Rescues devastated yang, expels interior cold - very weak pulse and cold limbs.
  • Warms the lungs and transforms phlegm - lung cold with thin, watery or white sputum.
  • Warms the channels, stops bleeding - hemorrhage of various types, especially for uterine bleeding (must be due to cold - chronic and pale in color, with cold limbs, soggy pulse).

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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