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chinese herbs

Chinese NameGeneral FunctionsHerb CategoryTaste & TempChannels TraveledLatin Name
Xiao Hui Xiang Harmonizes the Middle Warms Lower Jiao Treats Bulging Disorders WARM INTERIOR - EXPEL COLD Warm & acrid KD, SP, ST, LV Foeniuli Fructus
Wu Zhu Yu Strongly warms the middle & lower burners, stops nausea & vomiting due to cold, alleviates cold pain in chest & abdomen WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD hot, bitter, acrid, slightly toxic SP, ST, LV Evodiae Fructus
Bi Ba Warms middle jiao, releases constrained cold in intestines WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD hot, acrid LI, ST Piperis longi Fructus
Hu Jiao Eliminates pathogenic cold in ST & intestine WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD hot, acrid LI, ST Piperis fructus
Gan Jiang Warms SP, Transforms thin mucus, unblocks channels, Revives the Yang WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD hot, acrid SP, ST, LU, HT Zingiberis Rhizoma
Rou Gui Warms & tonifies Yang, Disperses cold, Promotes Movement of Qi WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD hot, acrid, sweet HT, SP, LV, KD Cinnamomi Cortex
Zhi Fu Zi Revives Devastated Yang Qi, Tonifies fire at the gate of vitality, Guides actions of other herbs to all 12 channels, Expels cold-damp bi WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD hot, acrid, toxic KD, SP, HT Aconiti Radix lateralis preparata
Ding Xiang Warms the Middle, Directs ST qi down, Treats hiccough, Fortifies KD yang WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD WARM & ACRID KD, SP, ST Caryophylli Flos
Hua Jiao Warms the middle, Disperses cold, Stops Pain, Kills Parasites, Tonifies fire at Gate of Virility WARM INTERIOR-EXPEL COLD hot, acrid, & slightly toxic KD, SP, ST Zanthoxyli Pericarpium
Da Zao Tonifies qi & blood, generates fluids, harmonizes SP, moderates the toxic effects of other herbs Tonify Qi sweet & warm SP, ST Jujubae Fructus
Gan Cao Tonifies SP qi, moistens LU, moderates urgency & toxicity, drains fire Tonify Qi sweet, warm, *neutral All 12 channels (esp. HT, LU, SP, ST) Glycyrrhizae Radix
Huang Jing Tonifies qi, nourishes yin, augments essence Tonify Qi sweet, neutral SP, KD, LU Polygonati Rhizoma
Dang Shen Tonifies Middle Jiao, augments SP & LU qi Tonify Qi Sweet, neutral ST, LU Codonopsis Radix
Tai Zi Shen Tonfies the qi & yin, but rather weakly Tonify Qi sweet, slightly bitter, neutral SP, LU Pseudostellariae Radix
Huang Qi Raises Yang qi, tonifies SP & LU qi, stops sweating facilitates urination, promotes discharge of pus, generates flesh Tonify Qi sweet, slightly warm SP, LU Astragali Radix
Shan Yao Tonifies qi & yin of LU, SP, KD, secures the essence Tonify Qi sweet, neutral SP, LU, KD Dioscoreae Rhizoma
Ren Shen Powerfully tonifies primal qi of the five organs, nourishes yin, revives from collapse, stops heavy bleeding Tonify Qi sweet, slightly bitter, slightly warm SP, LU Ginseng Radix
Yi Tang Tonifies qi, moistens fluids Tonify Qi sweet, slightly warm SP, ST, LU Maltosum
Bai Zhu Tonifies SP qi, dries dampness, quiets the fetus Tonify Qi sweet, bitter, warm SP, ST Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhizoma
E Zhu Promotes movement of blood & qi, breaks of accumulations, reduces food stagnation Invigorates blood bitter, acrid, warm LV, SP Curcumae Rhizoma
Ru Xiang Invigorates the blood, promotes movement of qi, stops pain, generates flesh Invigorates blood bitter, acrid, warm LV, HT, SP Olibanum
Niu Xi Unprepared: breaks up blood stasis, unblocks menstruation, guides blood to descend, directs fire downward; Prepared: tonifies LV & KD, strengthens sinews & bones Invigorates blood bitter, sour, neutral LV, KD Achyranthis bidentatae Radix
Wang Bu Liu Xing Powerfully & rapidly invigorates the blood, & disperses clumping & stasis Invigorates blood bitter, neutral LV, ST Vaccariae Semen
San Leng Breaks up stagnation of both qi & blood, disperses food stagnation, stops pain Invigorates blood bitter, acrid, neutral LV, SP Sparganii Rhizoma
Chuan Niu Xi Invigorates blood, unblocks menses, expels wind, drains damp Invigorates blood bitter, sweet, neutral LV, KD Cyathulae Radix
Wu Ling Zhi Invigorates blood, stops pain Invigorates blood bitter, sweet, warm LV Trogopterori Faeces
Mo Yao Breaks up blood stasis to stop pain, reduces swelling, generates flesh Invigorates blood bitter, neutral LV, HT, SP Myrrha
Sang Shen Gently Nourishes & cools the blood & yin Invigorates blood sweet & cold LV, KD,HT Mori Fructus
Long Yan Rou Nourishes the blood, tonifies the qi; calms the spirit Invigorates blood sweet & warm HT, SP Longan Arillus
Dang Gui Tonifies blood; invigorates blood; regulates menstruation; alleviates pain Invigorates blood sweet, acrid, warm LV, HT, SP Angelicae sinensis Radix
Bai Shao Tonifies LV blood; extinguishes wind; stops pain; nourishes LV/SP yin Invigorates blood bitter, sour, mildly cold LV, SP Paeoniae Radix alba
E Jiao Tonifies LV blood; moistens LU yin; replenishes KD essence; stops bleeding Invigorates blood sweet, neutral LV, KD, LU Asini Corii Colla
Gou Qi Zi Enriches yin of KD/LU; nourishes LV blood; mildly tonifies KD yang Invigorates blood sweet, neutral LV, KD, LU Lycii Fructus
Shu Di Huang Tonifies blood; enriches yin; generates essence; augments marrow Invigorates blood sweet, slightly warm LV, KD, HT Rehmanniae Radix preparata (cooked)
Zhi He Shou Wu Nourishes blood/yin; preserves essence Invigorates blood sweet, bitter, astringent, slightly warm LV, KD Polygoni multiflori Radix preparata
Sheng He Shou Wu Moistens intestines; resolves toxicity; reduces sores; checks malarial disorders Invigorates blood sweet, bitter, astringent, neutral LV, HT, LI Polygoni multiflori Radix (non preparata)
Ce Bai Ye Cools Heat, inhibits bleeding due to blood heat, stops cough Stop Bleeding bitter, astringent, slightly cold LV, LU, LI Platycladi Cacumen
Bai Mao Gen Cools the blood, stops bleeding, clears heat in LU & ST, promotes urination Stop Bleeding sweet & cold LU, ST, SI, UB Imperatae Rhizoma
Ai Ye Dispels cold-dampness, stops pain due to cold, stops bleeding, calms the fetus Stop Bleeding bitter, acrid, warm LV, KD, SP Artemisiae argyi Folium
Pu Huang Stops bleeding, removes blood stasis, promotes urination Stop Bleeding sweet, acrid, warm LV, HT, SP Typhae Pollen
San Qi Stops bleeding w/out causing blood stasis, transforms blood stasis, reduces swelling, stops pain Stop Bleeding sweet, slightly bitter, warm LV, ST Notoginseng Radix
Di Yu Cools heat in blood, stops bleeding, resolves toxicity, restrains & inhibits Stop Bleeding bitter, sour, slightly cold LV, ST, LI Sanguisorbae Radix
Xian He Cao Binds & inhibits bleeding Stop Bleeding bitter, astringent, warm LV, SP, LU Agrimoniae Herba
Huai Mi Cools the blood, clears heat, stops bleeding Stop Bleeding bitter, cool LV, LI Sophorae Flos immaturus
Bai Ji Restrains to stop bleeding, reduces swelling, generates flesh Stop Bleeding bitter, sweet, cool LV, ST, LU Bletillae Rhizoma
Dan Shen Invigorates the blood, tonifies blood, calms irritability due to blood heat Invigorates blood bitter, slightly cold LV, HT, PC Salviae miltiorrhizae Rhizoma
Chuan Xiong Invigorates blood, promotes movement of qi, expels wind, stops pain (esp. for headaches) Invigorates blood acrid, warm LV, GB, PC Chuanxiong Rhizoma
Chi Shao Invigorates blood, transforms stasis, stops pain, cools heat in blood Invigorates blood bitter, slightly cold LV, SP Paeoniae Radix rubra
Tao Ren Invigorates blood, dispels stasis, moistens intestines, stops cough & wheezing Invigorates blood bitter, sweet, neutral LV, HT, LU, LI Persicae Semen
Ji Xue Teng Invigorates blood, tonifies blood, soothes sinews & invigorates collaterals Invigorates blood Bitter, sweet, warm LV, HT, SP Spatholobi Caulis
Yu Jin Cools blood, breaks up stasis, promotes movement of qi, relieves constraint Invigorates blood bitter, acrid, cold LV, HT, LU Curcumae Radix
Ze Lan Gently invigorates blood w/out injuring normal qi, promotes urination Invigorates blood bitter, acrid, slightly warm LV, SP Lycopi Herba
Yi Mu Cao Invigorates blood, regulates menstruation, facilitates urination, resolves toxicity Invigorates blood bitter, acrid, slightly cold LV, HT, UB Leonuri Herba
Yan Hu Suo Invigorates blood, strongly stops pain Invigorates blood acrid, warm LV, HT, ST Corydalis Rhizoma
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