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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Zi Ran Tong Pyrite

  • Dispels blood stasis and promotes healing of bones and sinews - swellings due to trauma, fractures.

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Bai Bu Stemona Root

  • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - chronic and acute cough, especially for deficient coughs.
  • Expels parasites, kills lice - topically for lice, internally for pinworms.

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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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Sang Piao Xiao Ootheca Mantidis

  • Tonify the kidneys, consolidate jing and restrain urine - frequent urination and other kidney deficiency.
  • Binds the intestines - stops diarrhea and dysentery.

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