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.

375 TCM Herbs Listed By Their Functional Grouping

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Xiang Ru Aromatic Madder

  • Expels summerheat and transforms dampness
  • Promotes urination, reduces swelling - edema

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Ye Ju Hua Wild Chrysanthemum Flower

  • Drains fire and relieves toxicity - furuncles, carbuncles, sores, swollen throat, wind-fire causing red eyes.

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Du Zhong Eucommia Bark


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  • Tonify liver and kidneys, strengthen sinews and bones - weak, painful knees and lower back, fatigue, frequent urination.
  • Promotes smooth flow of qi and blood circulation.
  • Calms the fetus - for cold deficient kidney patterns with bleeding during pregnancy, prevents miscarriages from deficiency.
  • Recently used for dizziness from liver yang rising (hypertension).

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Qian Jin Ba Flemingia Philippinensis Root

  • Bi Zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) - for arthritic conditions by expelling wind-damp and opening the channels.
  • Arthritis, bone pain, fractures, sciatica.
  • Also known as yi tiao gen (moghania).

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