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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He Ye Lotus Leaf


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  • Treats summerheat patterns - fever, irritability, excessive sweating, scanty urine, diarrhea due to summerheat.
  • Raises and clears the spleen yang - diarrhea due to spleen deficiency, especially after summer-heat.
  • Stops bleeding - lower burner bleeding due to heat or stagnation, also for vomiting blood.

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Di Yu Bloodwort Root

  • Cools the blood, stops bleeding in lower burner due to damp heat - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids, uterine bleeding.
  • Clears heat and generates flesh - topically for burns, carbuncles.

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Wu Zhu Yu Evodia Fruit


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  • Warms the middle, disperses cold, relieves constraint in the liver channel and alleviates pain - headaches, nausea, cold hernia in the liver channel region.
  • Redirects stomach Qi downwards - due to liver and/or stomach disharmony.
  • Warms the spleen and expels damp cold, stops diarrhea.
  • Leads fire downwards - mouth/tongue canker sores (externally applied to canker sores).

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Shi Jue Ming Abolone Shell

  • Drains liver fire, descends rising yang - headache, dizziness, red eyes.
  • Liver heat disturbing the vision - photophobia, pterygium, visual obstruction.

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