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...

Qing Pi Green Tangerine Peel

  • Spreads liver Qi and breaks up stagnation - liver Qi stagnation symptoms such as distention and pain in the chest, breast, and/or hypochondriac regions; hernial pain.
  • Reduces food stagnation - pain in the epigastrium.
  • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - malarial disorders w/phlegm, dampness, and breast abscesses.
  • Raises blood pressure.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Bing Pian Borneol


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  • Aromatically opens orifices, revives the spirit - fainting, convulsion.
  • Clears heat, alleviates pain, dissipates nodules, alleviates itching - topically for pain, swelling of the throat, skin disease, eye disease (photophobia, excessive tearing), regenerates flesh.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Gou Qi Zi Chinese Wolfberry Fruit


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  • Nourish and tonify liver and kidney - yin and/or blood deficiency w/sore back and legs, low grade abdominal pain, impotence, nocturnal emission, xiao ke; neutral nature - commonly used for liver and kidney deficiency.
  • Benefits the essence and brightens the eyes - essence and blood are unable to nourish eyes, dizziness, blurred vision, diminished acuity.
  • Enrich yin and moisten the lungs - consumptive cough.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Tian Nan Xing Arisaema

  • Dries dampness and expels phlegm - cough and distension in the chest, extremely drying.
  • Disperses wind-phlegm in the channels and stops spasms - dizziness, numbness, facial paralysis, spasms in the hands and feet, stroke, seizures, lockjaw.
  • Reduces swelling and alleviates pain (topically).

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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