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.

368 TCM Herbs Listed By Their Functional Grouping

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Gua Lou Ren Trichosanthes Fruit Seeds


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  • (See Gua Lou) - clears and transforms phlegm-heat, expands the chest.
  • Moistens the intestines - constipation due to dryness along with other heat signs.
  • Expels pus and promotes healing of sores (mastitis) - an adjunctive herb.

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Xue Jie Dragons Blood

  • Dispels blood stasis, relieves pain - traumatic injury, fractures, contusion, sprains, bruising.
  • Stops bleeding (topically) - external injury.
  • Protects decay of ulcer's surface, generates flesh - chronic non-healing sores.

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Bai Zi Ren Arbor-Vitae Seed

  • Nourishes heart blood, calms the spirit - irritability, insomnia, forgetfulness, palpitations.
  • Moisten the intestines from blood/yin deficiency - constipation (elderly, post-partum women).
  • Nightsweats due to yin deficiency.

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Wu Yao Lindera Root

  • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain by warming and dispersing - flank, chest, epigastric, abdominal pain, hernia, menstrual pains due to cold constraint and qi stagnation.
  • Warms the kidneys - frequent urination or incontinence due to kidney yang deficiency and cold from deficiency of the bladder.

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