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

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
Ya Dan Zi (Java Brucea Fruit, Brucea)
  • Treats dysenteric disorders - chronic cold stagnation dysentery, alternating hard and soft stool; protozoan induced dysentery.
  • Intermittent fever and chills - malarial disorders.
  • Topically for warts and corns.
Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis Rhizome)
  • Invigorate blood, alleviate pain - pain from blood stasis and trauma, dysmenorrhea.
  • Promotes movement of Qi and alleviates pain - chest pain, abdominal pain, menstrual pain, hernial disorders, epigastric pain.
Ye Gu (Ghost Flower, Aeginetia Indica) - Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Swellings in the throat
  • Urinary tract infections, other bladder/kidney issues including cancer
  • Used in folk remedies for diabetes
  • Used for a range of liver disease including cancer
  • Arthritis and other systemic inflammatory conditions


Ye Jiao Teng (Polygonum Vine, Fleeceflower Vine)
  • Calms the spirit, nourishes the heart and blood - insomnia, irritability, dream disturbed sleep from yin and/or blood deficiency.
  • Nourishes the blood and unblocks the channels - generalized weakness, soreness, pain, numbness due to blood deficiency.
  • Alleviates itching - external wash for itching and skin rashes.
Ye Ju Hua (Wild Chrysanthemum Flower)
  • Drains fire and relieves toxicity - furuncles, carbuncles, sores, swollen throat, wind-fire causing red eyes.
Ye Ming Sha (Bat Feces)
  • Clears liver and improves vision - night blindness, cataracts.
  • Childhood nutritional impairment.
Yi Mu Cao (Chinese Motherwort)
  • Invigorates blood and regulates menses for gynecological issues - PMS, abdominal pain, irregular menses, abdominal masses, infertility, post partum abdominal pain w/lochioschesis, stasis from blood deficiency.
  • Promotes urination and reduces swelling - acute systemic edema.
Yi Yi Ren (Seeds of Job's Tears)
  • Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, difficult urination, damp leg qi.
  • Strengthens the spleen, stops diarrhea.
  • Clears heat and expels pus - carbuncles, lung or intestinal abscesses.
  • Expels wind-damp, relieves joint and muscle pain.
  • Clears damp-heat - any damp-heat disorder at any level with greasy tongue coating and digestive problems.
Yi Zhi Ren (Black Cardamon)
  • Warms the kidneys, retains essence, holds urine - spermatorrhea, frequent and copious urine, urinary incontinence, dribbling urine.
  • Warms the spleen, stops diarrhea - cold spleen or stomach patterns with diarrhea, cold abdominal pain, excess salivation, thick/bad taste in the mouth.
Yin Chai Hu (Stellaria Root)
  • Clears Deficient Heat. Steaming bone disorder, deficient yin fever.
  • Clears Heat. Fever, thirst, irritability, childhood nutritional impairment due to heat accumulation.
  • Cools Blood, Stops Bleeding. Coughing up blood, nosebleed, xue lin, uterine bleeding.
Yin Chen Hao (Yin Chen Hao Shoots and Leaves)
  • Main herb for Jaundice.
  • Clears damp heat from the liver and gallbladder - relieves jaundice (either damp heat or cold).
  • Clears heat, shao yang syndrome (intermittent fever and chills, bitter taste, stifling sensation in the chest, flank pain, dizziness, nausea).
Yin Yang Huo (Arial Parts of Epimedium, Horny Goat Weed) - Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, poor memory, painful and cold lower back and knees.
  • Expel wind-damp, cold - spasms, cramps, joint pain, numbness in limbs.
  • Strengthen yin and yang, harnesses liver yang rising - dizziness, low back pain, irregular menses from liver and kidneys and subsequent liver yang rising.
Yu Jin (Tumeric Tuber)
  • Invigorate blood, break up stasis - used topically and internally for traumatic pain, and to speed healing process of chronic sores.
  • Promotes movement of Qi - liver qi stagnation, menstrual pain, chest, flank pain.
  • Clears heat, cools blood - hot phlegm obstructs heart orifices with symptoms like anxiety, agitation, seizures.
  • Benefits gallbladder - jaundice.
Yu Li Ren (Bush Cherry Pit)
  • Moistens intestines, unblocks the bowel - constipation due to qi stagnation in intestines.
  • Promotes urination and reduces edema in the legs.
Yu Mi Xu (Cornsilk)
  • Promotes urination - hot lin, stone lin, edema.
  • Regulates the gallbladder - yin or yang jaundice.
  • Wasting and thirsting disorder.
Yu Xing Cao (Houttuynia)
  • Clears heat and toxins, reduces swellings and abscess - for lung abscess or lung heat cough with thick, yellow-green sputum.
  • Relieves toxicity and expels pus for toxic sores (internally and topically).
  • Drains damp-heat, promotes urination - diarrhea, lin syndromes.
Yu Zhu (Solomon's Seal Rhizome, Polygonatum)
  • Nourish yin, moisten dryness - lung and stomach dry heat or yin deficiency patterns with cough, dry throat, thirst, irritability, steaming bone disorder, xiao ke, excess hunger, constipation.
  • Clear wind, softens and moistens the sinews - wind generated by insufficient fluids, leading to pain and spasms in the sinews, dizziness from yin deficiency and internal movement of wind.
  • Also useful for wind-heat in yin deficient constitution (not cloying herb).
Yuan Hua (Genkwa Flower)
  • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - cathartic and diuretic - fluids in the chest and abdomen.
  • Kills parasites - topically for ringworm.
Yuan Zhi (Senega Root)
  • Calms the spirit, quiets the heart - insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, restlessness.
  • Expels phlegm from the lungs, clears the heart orifices - copious sputum, mental confusion, seizures.
  • Reduces abscesses, dissipate swellings - boils, sores, painful breasts.
Yue Ji Hua (Partially Opened Flower of Chinese Tea Rose)
  • Invigorates blood and regulates menses - blood stasis w/scanty menses, amenorrhea, and/or chest and abdominal pain and distention.