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.

368 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
Heart84
Kidney101
Large Intestine69
Liver194
Lung144
Pericardium7
Small Intestine21
Spleen113
Stomach134
Triple Heater5
Urinary Bladder43

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Wu Shao She Black Striped Snake

  • Same as Bai Hua but less powerful, not toxic.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Hu Huang Lian Pierorhizae Rhizome

  • Drains damp-heat - dysentery, sores.
  • Clears deficient heat - yin deficiency heat symptoms.
  • Clears heat and reduces childhood nutritional impairment - abdominal distention, afternoon fever, dysentery.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Bai Zhu Atractylodes (White) Rhizome


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  • Tonifies the spleen, augments qi, dries dampness - diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite, vomiting, edema.
  • Stabilizes the exterior and stops sweating - spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency.
  • Calms the fetus - arising from spleen deficiency.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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

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