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

Some Herbs To Peruse...

Hai Tong Pi Coral Bean Bark

  • Dispels wind-damp (hot or cold), unblocks the channels - bi syndromes, especially in the lower back and/or knees or spasms of the extremities.
  • Promotes urination, reduces edema - superficial edema due to dampness.
  • Itchy skin - lesions, scabies.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Mi Meng Hua Buddleia Flower Bud

  • Benefits the eyes - red, swollen, painful eyes, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, superficial visual obstruction; both excessive and deficient patterns (nourishes yin and blood).

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Bai Jiang Cao Patrinia, Thiaspi

  • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, and expels pus - intestinal abscess, sores, swellings.
  • Dispels blood stasis, stops pain - for heat induced blood stasis, especially in the abdomen and chest; also for post-partum pain, post-operative pain.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Cong Bai Spring Onion

  • Releases exterior, induces sweating (early stages of wind-cold)
  • Disperses cold, unblocks yang - abdominal pain, nasal congestion
  • Apply topically for dispersing masses - abscesses, sores, etc.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

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