TCM Herbal Database - Materia Medica - Properties

Traditional Chinese Medicine categorizes individual herbs into various groupings to aid in proper applications. Below you will find Chinese Herbs categorized by their taste and temperature properties. The taste and temperature properties can be used directly to effect a particular condition or to help balance other herbs in a formula to treat a particular condition.

For example, you may want to use a warming herb to help balance a deficiency such as low energy or fatigue in a patient. If the patient has some yin deficiency signs, however, you need to balance this warming property as you work towards balancing their system overall. Adding cooling herbs along with warming can help to regulate the actions of these herbs.

In formulas, these properties can also be used to help direct the herbs. Bitter herbs generally have an effect on the circulatory system and the heart. Using cooling herbs along with bitter herbs can help direct this property into that system.

Listed below are the various herbal properties along with the number of herbs within each meridian that are contained in our tcm herbal database.

375 TCM Herbs Listed By Their Properties (Taste and Temperature)

Below is a table of the Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs categorized by their properties. You may click on a property to view the names and functions of each individual herb as well as to learn more about the functional aspects of that property. You may also view the herbs categorized by channels influenced and functions.

Temp - TasteNum of Herbs
Acrid136
Aromatic18
Bitter (Ku)178
Cold (Han)127
Cool42
Hot (Re)9
Neutral (Ping)82
Salty (Xian)42
Sour (Suan)21
Spicy (Xin)1
Sweet (Gan)163
Warm (Wen)119

Some Herbs To Peruse...

Suan Zao Ren Sour Jujube Seed

  • Nourishes heart yin, tonifies liver blood, quiets the spirit - irritability, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety due to blood or yin deficiency.
  • Prevents abnormal sweating - spontaneous sweating, nightsweats.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Wu Mei Mume Fruit

  • Inhibit leakage of lung qi - lung deficiency cough.
  • Binds intestines - chronic diarrhea or dysentery.
  • Generates fluids - alleviates thirst due to heat from deficiency or qi and yin deficiency, xiao ke.
  • Expels roundworm - alleviates abdominal pain.
  • Stops bleeding - blood in the stool, uterine bleeding with blood deficiency signs (dryness, thirst, parched mouth).

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Sang Zhi Mulberry Twig


All Images © 2019 Yin Yang House Inc

  • Wind-damp bi especially in the upper extremities.
  • Reduces edema.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Luo Han Guo Momordica Fruit

  • Moistens and cools the lungs - hot coughs from lung yin deficiency.
  • Dissipates nodules - phlegm nodules in the neck, scrofula.

Functional Grouping

Properties

Channels Influenced

Where Do I Go Next?

Further Exploration - Herbs and Treatments

chinese herbal medicine

Chinese Herbs and Herbal Formulas

Explore Chinese Herbalism, Herbs, Formulas, Functions and Actions...

Follow, Join, and Participate

Get Our App

Get it on Google Play

Join Our Email List (3-5 email updates/yr)
 
   

 

Our Sites

All Content Copyright © 1999-2020 Yin Yang House Inc