Herb Reference

TCM herbs are plant-based remedies used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. They promote balance and health by harmonizing the body's energy. Each herb has unique properties and functions, often combined to create a holistic approach to healing

Poria Cocos

fu ling

Nature: Sweet, bland, neutral.

Meridians: Heart, Spleen, Kidney.

Functions: Promotes diuresis, dampness drainage, strengthens the spleen, calms the mind.

Indications: Edema, phlegm retention, spleen deficiency with poor appetite, loose stools or diarrhea, palpitations, and insomnia.

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Sacred Lotus Leaf

he ye

Nature: Bitter, astringent, neutral.

Meridians: Spleen, Kidney, Heart.

Functions: Clears heat, dampness, raises Yang, stops bleeding.

Indications: Used for conditions related to summer-heat, improves appetite, stops bleeding and secures essence, treats spleen deficiency causing diarrhea, dizziness, clears phlegm and dissipates Qi, relieves nausea, detoxifies, and manages high blood lipid levels.

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Astragalus Root

huang qi

Nature: Sweet, slightly warm.

Meridians: Spleen, Lung.

Functions: Tonifies Qi, strengthens the spleen, raises Yang, lifts prolapse, supplements defense, consolidates the exterior, diuretic, and promotes tissue regeneration.

Indications: Spleen Qi deficiency, Lung Qi deficiency, spontaneous sweating due to Qi deficiency, deficiency of Qi and blood, difficult-to-heal or long-lasting ulcers.

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Chinese Yam Rhizome

shan yao

Nature: Sweet, neutral.

Meridians: Spleen, Lung, Kidney.

Functions: Tonifies Qi and nourishes Yin, reinforces the Spleen, Lungs, and Kidneys, secures Jing and controls leakage.

Indications: Spleen deficiency, Lung deficiency, Kidney deficiency, thirst due to Qi and Yin deficiency, diarrhea, chronic dysentery, cough due to deficiency, frequent urination, nocturnal emissions, and abnormal vaginal discharge.

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Hawthorn Fruit

shan zha

Nature: Sour, sweet, slightly warm.

Meridians: Spleen, Stomach, Liver.

Functions: Digests food, strengthens the stomach, promotes Qi circulation, dispels blood stasis.

Indications: Food stagnation, hyperlipidemia, diarrhea with abdominal pain, hernia pain, chest and abdominal pain due to blood stasis, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, postpartum blood stasis.

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Sickle-pod Senna Seed

jue ming zi

Nature: Sweet, bitter, slightly salty, slightly cold.

Meridians: Liver, Large Intestine.

Functions: Clears heat, brightens the eyes, moistens the intestines, and promotes bowel movements.

Indications: Red and painful eyes, excessive tearing with sensitivity to light, night blindness, glaucoma, headache, dizziness, dim vision, constipation, and difficult urination.

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Senna Leaf

fan xie ye

Nature: Sweet, bitter, cold.

Meridian: Large Intestine.

Functions: Promotes bowel movements.

Indications: Food stagnation, abdominal distension, and constipation.

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Tangerine Peel

chen pi

Nature: Spicy, bitter, warm.

Meridians: Spleen, Lung.

Functions: Regulates Qi, invigorates the spleen, dries dampness, and transforms phlegm.

Indications: Stagnation of cold-damp in the spleen and stomach, manifested as distension and fullness in the epigastrium, reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, belching, cough with abundant phlegm, and chest congestion.

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Yin-chen Wormwood

yin chen hao

Nature: Bitter, pungent, slightly cold.

Meridians: Spleen, Stomach, Liver, Gallbladder.

Functions: Clears damp-heat, promotes bile flow, alleviates jaundice.

Indications: Jaundice, damp sores with itching.

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Bupleurum Root

chai hu

Nature: Bitter, pungent, slightly cold.

Meridians: Liver, Gallbladder.

Functions: Releases exterior and reduces fever, soothes the Liver and relieves constraint, raises and lifts Yang Qi.

Indications: Fever with superficial syndrome, Shao Yang syndrome, Liver Qi stagnation, Qi deficiency causing organ prolapse.

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American Ginseng Root

hua qi shen

Nature: Bitter, slightly sweet, cool.

Meridians: Lung, Heart, Kidney, and Spleen.

Functions: Tonifies Qi, nourishes Yin, clears heat, generates fluids.

Indications: Deficiency of both Qi and Yin, Lung Qi deficiency, Lung Yin deficiency, heat-related diseases with Qi deficiency and fluid injury, thirst, and polydipsia.

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Chrysanthemum Flower

tai ju

Nature: Pungent, sweet, bitter, slightly cold.

Meridians: Lung, Liver.

Functions: Disperses wind-heat, calms Liver Yang, clears Liver and brightens the eyes, clears heat and detoxifies.

Indications: Wind-heat common cold, early stages of warm-illness disorders. Liver Yang rising, Liver wind-heat patterns. Redness and dimness of the eyes, carbuncles and toxic swellings.

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Burdock Root

niu bang gen

Nature: Bitter, slightly sweet, cool.

Meridians: Lung, Heart.

Functions: Clears heat and toxins, brightens the liver and eyes, disperses wind-heat, relieves asthma, aids in bowel movements and detoxification, promotes bile secretion, and protects the liver.

Indications: External wind-heat, hot swollen sores, sore throat, hoarseness, cough with yellow phlegm, red and painful eyes, blurred vision, dizziness, headache, frequent urination, rheumatic pain, lumps and masses, abscesses, hemorrhoids, and prolapse of the anus.

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Finger Citron Fruit

fo shou

Nature: Pungent, bitter, warm.

Meridians: Liver, Spleen, Stomach, Lung.

Functions: Soothes liver and relieves depression, regulates qi and harmonizes the middle, dries dampness and transforms phlegm.

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Goji Berry

gou qi zi

Nature: Sweet, neutral.

Meridians: Liver, Kidney, Lung.

Functions: Nourishes the Liver and Kidney, enriches essence, brightens the eyes.

Indications: Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency, early aging symptoms, sore and weak lower back and knees, dizziness, vertigo, excessive tearing, cough due to deficiency, thirst, nocturnal emission.

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Chinese White Peony Root

bai shao

Nature: Bitter, sour, slightly cold.

Meridians: Liver, Spleen.

Functions: Nourishes blood and astringes Yin, soothes the liver, relieves pain, and calms excessive Liver Yang.

Indications: Blood deficiency causing irregular menstruation, disharmony between Liver and Spleen resulting in pain in the chest, sides, epigastric area, and limbs, as well as headaches and dizziness due to Liver Yang rising.

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Licorice Root

gan cao

Nature: Sweet, neutral.

Meridians: Heart, Lung, Spleen, Stomach.

Functions: Tonifies the Spleen and Qi, resolves phlegm and stops cough, relieves urgency and pain, clears heat and detoxifies, harmonizes with other herbs.

Indications: Heart Qi deficiency, palpitations with a knotted pulse, restlessness, Spleen Qi deficiency, cough and wheezing, epigastric and limb spasms and acute pain, heat-toxin sores and ulcers, sore throat, food or drug poisoning. It also serves as a harmonizing agent with other herbs.

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Dogbane Leaf

luo bu ma ye

Nature: Sweet, bitter, cool.

Meridians: Liver.

Functions: Suppresses liver yang, clears heat, and promotes diuresis.

Indications: Dizziness, vertigo, edema, and difficult urination.

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Eleuthero Root

ci wu jia

Nature: Sweet, slightly bitter, warm.

Meridians: Spleen, Lung, Heart, Kidney.

Functions: Tonifies Qi, invigorates the spleen, nourishes the kidneys, calms the spirit.

Indications: Spleen and lung Qi deficiency, kidney deficiency with lower back and knee pain, insufficient heart and spleen Qi, insomnia, forgetfulness.

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Eucommia Bark

du zhong

Nature: Sweet, warm.

Meridians: Liver, Kidney.

Functions: Tonifies the liver and kidney, strengthens tendons and bones, stabilizes the fetus.

Indications: Kidney deficiency with lower back pain, various types of lower back pain, restless fetus, habitual abortion.

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Heal All Spike

xia ku cao

Nature: Pungent, bitter, cold.

Meridians: Liver, Gallbladder.

Functions: Clears heat, extinguishes fire, dissipates nodules, and reduces swelling.

Indications: Red and swollen eyes with pain, headaches and dizziness, night-time eye pain, scrofula, goiter, and painful breast abscesses.

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Kudzu Root

ge gen

Nature: Sweet, pungent, cool.

Meridians: Spleen, Stomach.

Functions: Relieves muscle tension, reduces fever, generates fluids, quenches thirst, and lifts Yang to stop diarrhea.

Indications: Surface conditions with fever, stiff neck and back, measles not erupting, fever with thirst, Yin deficiency with thirst, heat pathogen causing diarrhea, and spleen deficiency causing loose stools.

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Uncaria Stem With Hooks

gou teng

Nature: Sweet, cool.

Meridians: Liver, Pericardium.

Functions: Clears heat, pacifies the liver, calms wind, and relieves spasms.

Indications: Headache, dizziness, internal liver wind, convulsions, and epilepsy.

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Notoginseng Flower

san qi hua

Nature: Sweet, cool.

Meridians: Liver, Kidney.

Functions: Clears heat, generates fluids, soothes the liver, lowers blood pressure.

Indications: Thirst with dry mouth, dizziness, sore throat, hoarseness, tinnitus.

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