Herbal Medicine

Theory, Formulations, and Applications

TCM Herbal Medicine Database, Theory, Clinical Applications, and Resources

Chinese Medicine is comprised of a few principle components - acupuncture, herbal medicine, tuina massage, diet/lifestyle habits, and associated techniques such as cupping and moxibustion. Our Herbal Medicine section explores both individual herbs and their use in combinations, or "formulas".

This is an extensive subject and no single source can convey the full breadth and depth of Herbal Medicine. Accordingly, this section is a work in progress.

Our individual TCM herb section has a complete alphabetical view, or you may view by by functional grouping, by channel influences, or by taste / temperature properties. We also have some of the more common precautions noted.


TCM Herb of the Day

Radish/Turnip Seeds (Lai Fu Zi)
  • 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.

Our TCM formula section has a complete alphabetical listing of most commonly used formulas. Clinically, formulas are more commonly chosen for their functions, accordingly we have listings by functional groupings as well.


TCM Formula of the Day

Ginseng Fo-Ti Pills (Ren Shen Shou Wu Wan)bu gu zhi (psoralea fruit)
  • Hair loss, dry hair, greying hair as a result of dimished jing/essence.
  • Low sperm count, low libedo, and infertility.

Our Herbal Shop has an alphabetical listing of the formulas we most often use with our own patients. We strongly recommend consulting directly with a practitioner before attempting herbal therapy.


Herbal Product of the Day

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan - HBW (9.99)huo xiang (patchouli)
  • Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to cold, headaches, sinus pressure, runny nose.
  • Vomitting and diarrhea from interior damp with possible abdominal cramps or pains.

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