TCM Herbal Database - Materia Medica - Functional Groupings

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs are categorized by their functions within the body. Listed below are the most common functional groupings of the Chinese herbs.

Following the link for each functional group will provide you with summary/study notes for that group and the list of individual herbs within that grouping. Following each individual herb link will take you to the entry within our tcm herbal database.

368 TCM Herbs Listed By Their Functional Grouping

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Long Yan Rou Longan Fruit Flesh

  • Tonify heart and spleen, nourish blood, calm the spirit - insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, dizziness.

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Fu Pen Zi Chinese Raspberry


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  • Tonify kidneys, stabilize kidney qi, binds the essence, restrains urine - incontinence, enuresis, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, premature ejaculation.
  • Liver and kidney deficiency - poor vision, sore low back, impotence.

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Wu Ling Zhi Flying Squirrel Feces

  • Disperse blood stasis, alleviate pain - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, epigastric pain due to blood stasis.
  • Transforms stasis, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, lochioschesis.
  • Childhood nutritional impairment with focal distention.
  • Use raw to invigorate blood and dry-fry to stop bleeding.

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Chuan Bei Mu Fritillaria Bulb


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  • Clears heat, transforms phlegm, stops many types of cough (chronic, yin-deficient, difficult to expectorate phlegm, blood streaked sputum); best for cough with stifling sensation in the chest and upper abdomen (constrained qi).
  • Clears heat, dissipates nodules due to heat - sores, swellings, scrofula, lung or breast abscess.

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