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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Zhu Ling Polyporus Sclerotium


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  • Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, scanty urination, cloudy painful urination, vaginal discharge, jaundice, diarrhea.

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Huang Jing Siberian Solomon Seal Rhizome


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  • Tonify spleen qi and yin - with poor appetite, fatigue, dry mouth, loss of taste, dry stool, dry red tongue.
  • Moistens the lungs - dry cough, little sputum due to lung qi and yin deficiency.
  • Tonify kidneys, strengthen jing - lower back pain/weakness, lightheadedness.
  • Xiao Ke.

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Xu Duan Japanese Teasel Root

  • Tonify liver and kidney, strengthen sinews and bones - lower back and/or knee weakness and pain, stiff joints.
  • Tonify without causing stagnation.
  • Stops uterine bleeding, calms the fetus - bleeding during pregnancy, threatened miscarriage.
  • Promote blood circulation, alleviate pain, generate flesh - traumatic injuries in the lower back and legs, external conditions such as sores.

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Tian Hua Fen Trichosanthes Root

  • Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens lung dryness.
  • Drains heat, generates fluid (fluids injured) - thirst, irritability, wasting and thirsting disorder, cough, thick sputum.
  • Relieves toxicity, expels pus - toxic hot carbuncles, breast abscess.

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