TCM Herbal Medicine Database (Herbs That Start With "L")

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers an extremely valuable, rich, lengthy, and extensive herbal treatment history. Within it are thousands of years of development and research which we benefit from greatly today. As opposed to some forms of herbalism and western medicine, Chinese herbs are often used in formulas instead of being used singularly in larger amounts. Formulas allow you to blend herbs to enhance their positive effects and reduce or eliminate any negative side effects they may have. These formulas take years and years of practice to master and many are kept within families and or generations of teacher-student transmissions. This rich tradition is a very valuable gift from previous generations.

The true benefit of this herbal tradition, as with acupuncture, is that it allows practitioners to blend formulas to match each patient and their signs and symptoms exactly. Instead of having a standard formula for a particular condition you can increase the clinical effectiveness of the herbs through this tailoring. For the patient this ideally means faster results with less side-effects.

Our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal database contains usage information for the majority of the herbs used in clinical settings around the world. Listed within this section are individual herbs, however, in clinical treatment settings you would most often combine these into formulas for usage. The herbs listed here may be ground into powders and put into capsules, cooked into teas, used topically, taken raw, etc. You should never attempt herbal treatment without proper training as some of the herbs are toxic and need to be prepared correctly and others can have side-effects without being used in proper amounts and/or mixed properly into appropriate formulas.

You may view the individual herbs by clicking on the first letter of the Chinese Name or by searching through other groupings such as by channel, properties, or functions & actions (which also contains summary/study notes for each grouping).

This section is very much a work in progress, so please check back if you are not finding the herbal information you are looking for.

Herb Name Functions and Usage
Lai Fu Zi (Radish/Turnip Seeds)
  • Reduces food stagnation, transforms accumulations - distention, belching with a rotten smell, acid regurgitation.
  • Descends lung qi, reduces phlegm - chronic cough or wheezing due to excess syndromes.
Li Zhi He (Leechee Nut)
  • Regulates the Qi and stops pain - abdominal and epigastric pain due to liver qi stagnation, PMS pain, post-partum pain due to qi and blood stagnation.
  • Disperses cold and stagnation - hernia and testicular pain due to cold in the liver channel.
Lian (Zi) Xin (Lotus Plumule)
  • Drains heart fire - for warm-febrile disease where heat collapses into the pericardium channel causing confusion, delirium; insomnia and irritability due to excessive heart fire.
  • Stops bleeding, binds the essence - vomiting blood, spermatorrhea.
Lian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit)
  • Clear heat and toxins, dissipates nodules - carbuncles and hot sores, neck lumps.
  • Expel wind-heat - fever, slight chills, sore throat, headache.
Lian Zi (Lotus Seed)
  • Tonify the spleen and binds - chronic diarrhea, loss of appetite.
  • Tonify the kidneys and stabilize the jing - stop leukorrhea and spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation.
  • Nourish heart, calm the spirit - irritability, anxiety, palpitations, insomnia.
Ling Yang Jiao (Antelope Horn)
  • Extinguishes wind, controls spasms and convulsions - spasms, convulsions, seizures, expecially in children with high fever.
  • Calms the liver, anchors the yang - for liver yang rising, dizziness, headache, red eyes, photophobia, spasms, convulsions.
  • Drains heat and fire - delirium, manic behavior, loss of consciousness, heat in the pericardium.
Liu Huang (Sulphur)
  • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, stops itching.
  • Used topically for scabies, ringworm, damp sores, ulcers, carbuncles.
  • Tonify ming men fire, strengthen yang - interior yin cold symptoms.
  • Kidney yang deficiency - cold lower back and knees, impotence.
  • Spleen deficiency cold - asthma, constipation (elderly plus Ban Xia.
Liu Ji Nu (Artemesia)
  • Dispels blood stasis, unblocks menses - amenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, pain due to trauma.
  • Topically - burns, bleeding from wounds, contusions.
Long Dan Cao (Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana)
  • Drains damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder channels - red, swollen, sore throat, eyes, and/or ears, sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital region, or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
  • Clears ascending liver fire - headache, red eyes; liver wind-heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, flank pain.
Long Gu (Fossilized Bones)
  • Calms the spirit - emotional distress, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, seizures.
  • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang - irritable, blurred vision, vertigo, bad temper.
  • Prevents leakage of fluids due to deficiency - spermatorrhea, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, vaginal discharge, nocturnal emissions, uterine bleeding.
  • Topically for chronic non-healing sores and ulcerations.
Long Yan Rou (Longan Fruit Flesh)
  • Tonify heart and spleen, nourish blood, calm the spirit - insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, dizziness.
Lu Dou (Mung Bean)
  • Clears summerheat - thirst (main symptom), fever, irritability; often drunk as a tea in summertime to prevent over heating.
  • Antidote to Fu Zi.
Lu Feng Fang (Hornets Nest)
  • Relieve toxicity, expel wind, alleviate pain - toothache (gargle).
  • Topically - skin rash, itching, scabies, ringworm, sores, carbuncles.
  • Expel wind, dry damp - painful obstruction, wind rash.
Lu Gan Shi (Smithsonite)
  • Brightens the eyes - superficial visual obstruction, red-swollen eyes.
  • Drys dampness, generates flesh - chronic draining pus from open sores.
Lu Gen (Reed Rhizome)
  • Clears heat, generates fluids - heat patterns with high fever, irritability, thirst.
  • Clears lung heat - cough, thick yellow sputum.
  • Clears stomach heat - vomiting, belching.
  • Clears heat, diuretic - dark, scanty urine, xue lin, accompanied by thirst and irritability.
  • Encourages rashes to the surface - for febrile disease with rashes that are incompletely expressed.
Lu Hui (Dried Aloe Leaf Juice)
  • Drains fire and guides out accumulation - constipation, dizziness, red eyes, irritability; good for chronic cases.
  • Kills parasites, strengthens stomach - roundworms and ringworms.
  • Clears heat and cools the liver - epigastric discomfort, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, irritability, constipation, and fever due to heat in the liver channel.
Lu Jiao Jiao (Deer Antler Glue)
  • Tonifies kidney yang - low energy, fertility issues.
  • Tonifies kidney essence - impotence, fertility, low sperm count
  • Stops bleeding - blood in the stools, excessive menstruation, blood in the urine
Lu Lu Tong (Sweetgum Fruit)
  • Promotes movement of qi and blood, opens middle burner and unblocks the channels - irregular or scanty menses, abdominal pain or distention, pain and stiffness in the lower back and knees (wind-damp painful obstruction).
  • Promotes urination - edema with difficult urination.
Lu Rong (Elk/Deer Horn, Velvet)
  • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - fatigue, impotence, cold limbs, lightheadedness, lower back and knee pain, tinnitus, frequent and clear urine.
  • Tonify the governing vessel, augments essence and blood, strengthens sinews and bones - children with mental/physical developmental issues.
  • Regulates the conception vessel, chong mai, and stabilizies the dai mai - cold deficient leukorrhea or uterine bleeding, infertility with a cold womb.
  • Tonifies and nourishes qi and blood - chronic ulcerations/yin-type boils (concave, clear fluid oozing, unhealing).
Luo Han Guo (Momordica Fruit)
  • Moistens and cools the lungs - hot coughs from lung yin deficiency.
  • Dissipates nodules - phlegm nodules in the neck, scrofula.
Luo Shi Teng (Star Jasmine Stem)
  • Dispels wind-hot-damp bi and spasms of the sinews.
  • Cools the blood and reduces swellings - toxic sores, sore throat.