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CHINA-HERBS.EU has been created to fulfil the need to consult leading literature on Traditional Chinese Medicine in a quick and efficient manner. This site has been developed to offer a large variety of subjects on TCM. We have chosen to list the Single Herbs first, to be followed by Herbal Formulas. It would not be feasible to present every single herb and every single combination of herbs. Instead, a selection of the most frequently used herbs and combinations of herbs has been made.

It is not our aim to develop and publish new findings. There are many scientists in China and in the rest of the world who carry out research on the functioning of TCM on various levels, from a number of disciplines and with different approaches. We have attempted to put together, as accurately as possible, texts and data from a variety of, and in our opinion, authoritative literature, without compromising the author’s intentions.

In general, texts can become too difficult to read when too many quotes are given. Therefore, it would be well advised to either purchase or gain access to the bibliography.


In early times, knowledge was passed on orally; later, this happened through scripts written on rolls. Poetry and song recitation played a crucial role in memorizing texts. Once the art of printing had been invented and developed, more people gained access to knowledge. As a result, the amount of information increased, especially when texts became easily accessible by means of good translations. Memorizing pages, making notes and returning to pages became possible, in contrast to manuscripts on rolls. Thus, the database increased. The Internet was the next step: a wealth of information, a great place to surf around, but equally a place of which the search engine’s filter always remains an issue. Furthermore, every keyword that is ‘googled’ will get 148,511 hits within 0,43 seconds. Just try to select what you need. Chances are that you don’t look beyond the first two pages.


‘Dampness’ is the word that comes to mind. An array of possibilities, a multitude of truths and half-truths, either well or badly documented. To make a valid choice is no longer possible. The Upper Jiao is stimulated and enthusiastic, the Middle Jiao stagnates and cannot digest. The Lower Jiao realises that the information is incorrect and not complete. This process moves you towards your library and selects(!) for you the right book for the right data at the right moment. The Upper Jiao is then stimulated again and the Middle Jiao can digest.

The website marks a new era of supply of information on TCM.


"Gone are the days of leafing"

By matching single herbs and herb combinations, a quick and sufficient access to widely used literature is realised. In addition, we welcome any comment, suggestion or addition. We invite every user to use this facility and to react to other users’ comments or to advise where necessary. The current information on this site is far from complete and will never be complete. With the assistance of users and their comments we shall try to make the contents of this site as complete and as accurate as possible. We will let it develop into a well-established network system where everything is connected, similar to Chinese Philosophy and Chinese Medicine. Once a consensus on an issue has been reached, this may be incorporated in the original text. The aim is to develop the site contents into an easy-reference manual, which is simple to navigate through for the beginner student, just as for the fully qualified practitioner.

We wish you a pleasant browse on the website.

Should you wish to visit Single Herbs that are put into categories, please click on Single Herb Categories.
For Single Herbs placed in alphabetical order, please click on Single Herb ABC.
If you wish to visit Herbal Formulas placed in alphabetical order, please click on Formulas ABC.

CHINA-HERBS.EU DOES NOT GIVE MEDICAL ADVICE contains articles on many herbs (botanical / zoological / mineral); however no warranty whatsoever is made that any of the articles are accurate. There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on (para)medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. Articles can be written, in part or in whole, by nonprofessionals. Even if a statement made about herbal properties or symptoms of disease is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms.

The medical information provided on is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, TCM-practitioner). is not a doctor nor a TCM-practitioner.

None of the individual contributors, system operators, developers, sponsors of nor anyone else connected to can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use or adopt any of the information presented on this web site.

Nothing on should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine.


As every item on is a compilation of articles from leading TCM literature, readers are advised to consult the original articles on paper or on CD-Rom to obtain a more accurate reference or verification. The original literature will offer more depth and its contents are more extensive than the contents of could or would wish to be. presents itself as a tool for easy access to the literature it refers to. In fact, all books are opinions, interpretations and commentaries on earlier published material, i.e. a communicator between you and the classic literature.

Accessibility to TCM is increased by easy reference and insight while respecting the original texts and the modern adaptations. has naturally been developed through the tried and tested method of oral tradition.
We would therefore like to thank Ted J. Kaptchuk for his inspiring lectures. His gift to stimulate the mental Upper Jiao proved to be a crucial factor and helped in gaining access to paper data and made these easily digestible for the Middle Jiao. The sinking down to the Lower Jiao takes its time and initiates in its turn the Upper Jiao and supports the Middle Jiao.
We are grateful to Eric Marié for his true understanding of TCM, which he was happy to share with us. In spite of the overwhelming amount of knowledge he wanted to pass on to us, he has been able to lead us to the path of independence. ‘Nous voulons dire merci’.
Giovanni Maciocia has displayed his great methodology in bringing forward differentiations in a clear and relevant manner, which, again, opens up another level of Chinese Medicine.

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