TCM Herbs by Properties (Temperature and Taste)

Traditional Chinese Medicine categorizes individual herbs into various groupings to aid in proper applications.  Below you will find Chinese Herbs categorized by their taste and temperature properties.  The taste and temperature properties can be used directly to effect a particular condition or to help balance other herbs in a formula to treat a particular condition.

For example, you may want to use a warming herb to help balance a deficiency such as low energy or fatigue in a patient.  If the patient has some yin deficiency signs, however, you need to balance this warming property as you work towards balancing their system overall.  Adding cooling herbs along with warming can help to regulate the actions of these herbs.

In formulas, these properties can also be used to help direct the herbs.  Bitter herbs generally have an effect on the circulatory system and the heart.  Using cooling herbs along with bitter herbs can help direct this property into that system.

Listed below are the various herbal properties along with the number of herbs within each meridian that are contained in our tcm herbal database.