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.

373 TCM Herbs Listed By Their Functional Grouping

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Gou Ji Chain Fern Rhizome

  • Tonifies liver and kidneys, strengthens sinews and bones - stiffness, soreness or weakness in lower back, spine, legs.
  • Expels wind and dampness - bi syndrome.
  • Urinary incontinence and vaginal discharges.

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Mo Yao Myrrh


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  • Invigorate blood, dispel blood stasis, reduces swelling, alleviate pain - trauma, sores, carbuncles, swellings, abdominal masses, painful obstruction, chest pain, abdominal pain, amenorrhea.
  • Promotes healing of chronic non-healing sores.

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Chuan Jiao Szechuan Pepper

  • Warms the middle warmer, disperses cold, alleviates abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea - spleen or stomach cold from deficiency patterns.
  • Abdominal pain due to roundworms (auxiliary herb).

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Lu Dou Mung Bean


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  • Clears summerheat - thirst (main symptom), fever, irritability; often drunk as a tea in summertime to prevent over heating.
  • Antidote to Fu Zi.

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