Single Herbs

Find an herb by searching alphabetically by pinyin name:

Acrid Cool Herbs That Release the Exterior

Acrid Warm Herbs That Release the Exterior

Aggressively Purge Accumulation

Aromatically Transform Dampness


Build Blood

Build Qi

Build Yang

Build Yin

Calm the Fetus and Prevent Miscarriage

Clear Deficiency Heat

Clear Heat and Cool the Blood

Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Clear Heat and Reduce Fire

Clear Heat and Toxicity

Clear Summer-Heat

Common OB/GYN Formulas

Dispel Wind-Dampness

Drain Dampness

Free Constrained Liver Qi

Generate Body Fluids and Moisten the Lungs

Guiding Herbs

Kill Gu Parasites

Kill and Discharge Parasites

Nourish and Support Jing

Open the Orifices and Resuscitate

Promote Blood Circulation and Dispel Stasis

Promote Bowel Movement By Moistening

Promote Digestion & Relieve Food Stagnation

Promote Qi Circulation

Purge Accumulation & Stagnation Through the Bowels

Quiet the Shen

Resolve Phlegm

Stabilize the Kidneys

Stop Bleeding

Stop Coughing and Relieve Wheezing

Subdue Liver Yang and Extinguish Liver Wind

Topical Herbs

Warm the Interior


10 comments on “Single Herbs

  1. Dr. Borten,

    Thank you so much for providing all of this information on your website! It is a treasure and I wanted to express my appreciation for the work that must have go into building this site

    Thank you so much!


    James Roguski

  2. Emma says:

    What is parasite ? Heat ?? And what tch herb tonic or herb would be best

    • Peter Borten says:

      Herbs that kill parasites – it’s one of the categories here. Parasites could manifest as damp, phlegm, heat, cold, wind, etc., but non-microbial parasites are treated as their own category. And sometimes both microbial (e.g. Lyme) and non-microbial parasites are regarded as Gu and may be treated best through methods developed / elucidated by Heiner Freufauf.

  3. allison says:

    very informative !

  4. Frank says:

    Extremely useful and well presented, many thanks for sharing this!

  5. Ac says:

    It’s very difficult to find info about Chinese medication. Thank you very very much! I found more than what I was looking for??

  6. Dee says:

    I have been studying your website daily for many months. I appreciate the information, your comments and those of other practitioners you share with us.
    I have been asked many times how many hrs after taking formulas does one need to wait before having an alcoholic drink. A general guideline would be helpful. I don’t know if you are still active on this comments section of your page.

    • Peter Borten says:

      You’re welcome. I don’t know of a specific guideline regarding time after taking herbs before alcohol is permissible. Maybe someone else out there can cite a recommendation and source.
      In some cases it’s absolutely fine or even beneficial to have alcohol with your herbs – especially if moving and warming are the main focus, like for pain, especially from cold. Many winter tonics are preserved in brandy or taken as powder with alcohol.
      There are certain patterns where alcohol is simply contraindicated, so it’s not so much a matter of not mixing well with herbs, but just not a good idea with the condition – for instance, dampness, heat, and damp-heat. Alcohol is warm to hot energetically (depending on the alcohol) and, of course, toxic, so anytime that’s not a favorable influence, it’s better to avoid it. But, since I’ve used all herbs (including drying, cooling, and detoxifying ones) successfully in the form of alcohol-based tinctures, I wouldn’t say that I can think of a specific reason to always avoid alcohol near consumption of herbs.

  7. jorge valera says:

    Que buena accion, asi podre ayudar a muchisima gente

    muchas gracias

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