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Chinese Herb Names (Chinese, Pin Yin, English)

compiled by Chet Cardinale, L.Ac. and Todd Luger, L.Ac.

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For those who are serious about learning to read medical Chinese, term lists more extensive than this plus additional instructional materials can be found in various books by Nigel Wiseman, Bob Flaws and Paul Unschuld.

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艾叶 Ai Ye folium artemisiae argyii
安息香 An xi xiang benzoinum
巴豆 bai dou semen crotonis tiglii
巴戟天 Ba Ji Tian Ba
Ji Tian
八月札 Ba Yue Zha Fructus Akebiae Trifoliatae
白扁豆 bai bian dou semen dolichoris lablab
百部 bai bu radix stemonae
白矾 bai fan alumen
白附子 bai fu zi rhizoma typhonii gigantei
白果 bai guo semen ginkgonis bilobae
百合 bai he bulbus lilii
白化蛇 bai hua she agkistrodon seu bungarus
白芨 bai ji rhizoma bletillae
白蒺藜 bai ji li Fructus tribuli terrestris
败酱草 bai jiang cao herbal patriniae heterophyllae cum radice
白芥子 bai jie zi semen sinapis albae
白茅根 bai mao gen rhizoma imperata cylindricae
白前 bai qian radix et rhizoma cynanchi baiqian
白芍 bai shao radix albus paeoniae lactiflorae
白术 bai zhu rhizoma atractylodes macrocephalae
白头翁 bai tou weng radix pulsatillae chinensis
白薇 bai wei radix cynanchi atrati
白鲜皮 bai xian pi cortex radix dictamni dasycarpi
白芷 bai zhi radix angelicae dahuricae
柏子仁 bai zi ren semen biotae orientalis
半遍莲 ban bian lian he lobeliae chinensis cum radice
板蓝根 ban lan gan radix isatidis seu baphicacanthi
半夏 ban xia rhizoma pinelliae ternatae
半枝莲 ban zhi lian rhizoma scutellariae barbatae
北沙参 bei sha shen radix glehniae littoralis
扁蓄 bian xu he polygoni avicularis
荜茇 bi ba fructus piperis longi
荜澄茄 bi cheng qie fructus litseae
蓖麻子 bi ma zi semen rici communis
荜解 bi xie rhizoma dioscoreae hypoglaucae
鳖甲 bie jia carapax amydae sinensis
槟榔 bing lang semen arecae catechu
冰片 bing pian borneolum
薄荷 bo he he menthae haplocalycis
补骨脂 bu gu zhi fructus psoraleae corylifoliae
蚕沙 can sha excrementum bombycis mori
苍耳子 cang er zi fructus xanthium siberici
苍术 cang zhu rhizoma atractylodis
草豆蔻 cao dou kou semen alpiniae katsumadai
草果 cao guo fructus amomi tsao-ko
侧柏叶 ce bai ye cacumen bioyae orientalis
柴胡 chai hu radix bupleuri
蝉蜕 chan tui ps cicadae
车前子 che qian zi semen plantaginis
陈皮 chen pi percarpium citri reticulatae
陈棕炭 chen zong tan carbonized stipula trachycarpi
沉香 chen xiang lignum aquilariae agallochae
赤芍 chi shao radix rubrus paeoniae lactiflorae
赤石脂 chi shi zhi hallyositum rubrum
赤小豆 chi xiao dou semen phaseoli calcarati
茺蔚子 chong wei zi semen leonuri heterophylli
楮根皮 chu gen pi cortex ailanthi altissimae
川贝母 chuan bei mu bu fritillariae cirrhosae
川椒 chuan jiao percarpium zanthoxyli bungeani
穿山甲 chuan shan jia sq manthis pentadactylis
川芎 chuan xiong radix ligustici wallichii
磁石 ci shi magnetitum
刺猬皮 ci wei pi coriium erinacei
葱白 cong bai bu allii fistulosi
大腹皮 da fu pi percarpium arecae catechu
大簧 da huang radix et rhizoma rhei
大蓟 da ji herba cirsii japonici
大戟 da ji radix euphorbiae seu knoxiae
大青叶 da qing ye folium daqingye
大蒜 da suan bu allii sativi
大血藤 da xue teng caulis sargentodoxae
大枣 da zao fructus zizyphi jujubae
代赭石 dai zhe shi haematium
淡豆敕 dan dou chi semen praeparatum sojae
胆南星 dan nan xing bile processed rhizoma arisaematis
丹参 dan shen radix salviae miltiorrhizae
淡竹叶 dan zhu ye herba lophatheri gracilis
当归 dang gui radix angelicae sinensis
党参 dang shen radix codonopsitis pilosulae
灯心草 deng xin cao medulla junci effusi
地肤子 di fu zi fructus kochiae scopariae
地骨皮 di gu pi cortex radicis lycii chinensis
地黄 di huang radix rehmanniae
地龙 di long lumbricus
地乳石 di ru shi stalactitum
地榆 di yu radix sanguisorbae
丁香 ding xiang flos caryophylli
冬虫夏草 dong chong xia cao cordyceps chinensis
冬瓜皮 dong gua pi percarpium benincasae hispidae
冬瓜子 dong gua zi percarpium benincasae hispidae
冬葵子 dong kui zi semen abutilonis seu malvae
豆蔻 dou kou fructus cardamomi
独活 du huo radix angelicae pubescentis
杜仲 du zhong cortex eucommiae ulmoidis
阿胶 e jiao gelatinum corii asinii
莪术 e zhu rhizoma curcumae zedoariae
儿茶 er cha pasta acaciae seu uncariae
番泻叶 fan xie ye folium sennae
防风 fang feng radix ledebouriellae divaricatae
防己 fang ji radix stephaniae tetrandrae
榧子 fei zi semen torreyae grandis
蜂房 feng fang nidis vespae
佛手 folium shou fructus citri sacrodactylis
浮海石 fu hai shi pumice
茯苓 fu ling sclerotium poriae cocos
茯苓皮 fu ling pi cortex sclerotii poriae cocos
伏龙肝 fu ling gan terra flava ulsta
覆盆子 fu pen zi fructus rubi chingii
浮萍 fu ping herba lemnae seu spirodelae
茯神 fu shen sclerotium pararadicis poriae cocos
浮小麦 fu xiao mai fructus levis tritici aestivi
附子 fu zi radix laterialis praeparatus aconiti carmichaeli
甘草 gan cao radix glycyrrhizae
干姜 gan jiang dry rz zingiberis
干漆 gan qi lacca sinica exsiccata
甘石 gan shi smithsonitum
甘松 gan song radix et rhizoma nardostachydis
甘遂 gan sui radix euphorbiae kansui
藁本 gao ben radix et rhizoma ligustici chinesis
高良姜 gao liang jiang rhizoma alpiniae officinari
葛根 ge gen radix puerariae
蛤蚧 ge jie gecko
蛤壳 ge ke concha cyclinae sinensis
狗脊 gou ji rhizoma cibotii barometsis
枸杞子 gou qi zi fructus lycii chinesis
钩藤 gou teng radix uncariae cum uncis
谷经草 gu jing cao scapus et inflorescentia ericaulonis buergeriani
骨碎补 gu sui bu radix dryariae
谷芽 gu ya fructus germinatus oryzae sativae
栝楼 gua lou fructus trichosanthis kirlowii
栝楼皮 gua lou pi percarpium trichosanthis kirlowiis
栝楼仁 gua lou ren semen trichosanthis kirlowii
贯众 guan zhong rhizoma guanchong
广防己 guang fang ji radix aristolochiae fangchi
龟板 gui ban plastrum testudinis
桂枝 gui zhi radix cinnamomi cassiae
海风藤 hai feng teng ca piperis futokadsurae
海蛤壳 hai ge ke concha cyclinae sinensis
海金沙 hai jin sha spora lygodii japonici
海螵蛸 hai piao xiao os sepiae seu sepiellae
海桐皮 hai tong pi cortex erythriniae
海藻 hai zao herba sargassii
旱莲草 han lian cao herba ecliptae prostratae
寒水石 han shui shi calcitum
蒿本 hao ben radix et rhizoma ligustici chinesis
合换花 he huan hua flos albizziae julibrissinis
合欢皮 he huan pi cortex albizziae julibrissinis
何首乌 he shou wu radix polygoni multiflori
鹤虱 he shi fructus carpesii seu dauci
荷叶 he ye folium nelumbinis nuciferae
荷子 he zi fructus terminaliae chebulae
黑枣 hei zao black fructus zizyphi jujubi
黑芝麻 hei zhi ma black semen sasame indici
红大戟 hong da ji radix euphorbiae seu knoxiae
红花 hong hua flos carthami tinctorii
红枣 hong zao fructus zizyphi jujubae
厚朴 hou po cortex magnoliae officinalis
虎骨 hu gu os tigridis
胡簧莲 hu huang lian rhizoma picrorrhizae
胡椒 hu jiao fructus piperis nigri
胡庐巴 hu lu ba semen trigonellae foeni-graeci
胡麻仁 hu ma ren semen sesame indici
琥魄 hu po succinum
胡桃仁 hu tao ren semen juglandis regiae
胡杖 hu zhang radix et rhizoma polygoni cuspidati
花蕊石 hua rui shi ophicalcitum
滑石 hua shi talcum
槐花米 huai hua mi flos immaturus sophorae japonicae
黄柏 huang bai cortex phellodendri
黄丹 huang dan minium
黄精 huang jing rhizoma polygonati
黄连 huang lian rhizoma coptidis chinesis
黄芪 huang qi radix astragali membranacei
黄芩 huang qin radix scutellariae baicalensis
火麻仁 huo ma ren semen cannabis sativae
藿香 huo xiang herba agastachis seu pogostemi
鸡内金 ji nei jin en corneum gigeriae galli
鸡血藤 ji xue teng caulis milletiae seu longae
姜黄 jiang huang rhizoma curcumae longae
降香 jiang xiang lignun dalbergiae odoriferae
桔梗 jie geng radix platycodi grandiflori
金千草 jin qian cao herba desmodii styrachifolii
金樱子 jin ying zi fructus rosae laevigatae
金银花 jin yin hua flos lonicerae japonicae
荆芥 jing jie herba seu flos schizonepetae tenuifoliae
韭菜子 jiu cai zi semen allii tuberosi
菊花 ju hua flos chrysanthemi morifolii
决明子 jue ming zi semen cassiae torae
枯帆 ke fan alumen praeparatum
苦楝皮 ku lian pi cortex radix meliae
苦参 ku shen radix sophorae flavescentis
苦杏仁 ku xing ren semen pruni armeniacae
款冬花 kuan dong hua flos tussilaginis fararae
昆布 kun bu thallus algae
莱菔子 lai fu zi semen ralphani sativi
雷丸 lei wan sc omphaliae lapidescentis
藜芦 li lu radix et rhizoma veratri
荔枝核 li zhi he semen litchi chinensis
连翘 lian qiao fructus forsythiae suspensae
连子 lian zi semen nelumbinis nucifarae
连子心 lian zi xin plumula nelumbinis nucifarae
凌霄花 ling xiao hua flos campsitis
羚羊角 ling yang jiao cornu antelopis saiga-tataici
刘寄 liu ji nu herba artemisiae anomalae
龙齿 long chi dens draconis
龙骨 long gu os draconis
龙胆草 long dan cao radix gentianae scabrae
漏芦 lou lu radix rhapontici seu echinopsis
录豆 lu dou semen phaseoli munginis
芦根 lu gen rhizoma phragmitis communis
芦荟 lu hui herba aloes
鹿角胶 lu jiao jiao gelatinum cornu cervi
鹿角霜 lu jiao shuang cornu degelatinum cervi
路路通 lu lu tong fructus liguidambaris taiwaniae
鹿茸 lu rong cornu parvum cervi
络石藤 luo shi teng caulis trachelospermi jasminoidis
马勃 ma bo fructificatio lasiosphaerae seu calvatiae
马齿苋 ma chi xian herba portulacae oleraceae
马兜铃 ma dou ling fructus aristolochiae
麻黄 ma huang herba ephedrae
麻黄根 ma huang gen radix ephredrae
马钱子 ma qian zi semen strychnotis
麦门冬 mai men dong tu ophiopogonis japonici
麦芽 mai ya fructus germinatus hordei vulgaris
蔓荆子 man jing zi fructus viticis
芒硝 mang xiao mirabilitum
密蒙花 mi meng hua flos buddleiae
密陀僧 mi tuo seng lithargyrum
明矾 ming fan alumen
没药 mo yao resina myrrhae
牡丹皮 mu dan pi cortex radix moutan
木瓜 mu gua fructus chaenomelis lagenariae
牡蛎 mu li concha ostreae
木通 mu tong caulis akebiae
木香 mu xiang radix auklandiae lappae
木贼 mu zei herba equiseti hiemalis
南瓜子 nan gua zi semen cucurbitae moschatae
牛旁子 niu bang zi fructus arctii lappae
牛黄 niu huang calculus bovis
牛膝 niu xi radix achyranthis bidentatae
女真子 nu zhen zi fructus ligustri lucidi
藕节 ou jie nodus rhizoma nelumbinis niciferae
胖大海 pang da hai fructus sterculiae scraphageriae
炮姜 pao jiang blast fried rhizoma zingiberis
佩兰 pei lan herba eupatorii fortunei
硼砂 peng sha borax
枇杷叶 pi pa ye folium eriobotryae japonica
蒲公英 pu gong ying hr teraxaci mongolici cum radice
蒲黄 pu huang pollen typhae
茜草 qian cao radix rubiae cordifoliae
前胡 qian hu radix peucedani
牵牛子 qian niu zi semen pharbiditis
芡实 qian shi semen euryalis ferocis
羌活 qiang huo radix et rhizoma notopterygii
秦艽 qin jiao radix gentianae macrophyllae
秦皮 qin pi cortex fraxini
青蒿 qing hao herba artemisiae apiaceae
青礞石 qing meng shi lapis chloriti
青皮 qing pi percarpium citri reticulatae viride
青箱子 qing xiang zi semen celosiae argentae
瞿麦 qu mai herba dianthi
全蝎 quan xie buthus martensis
忍冬疼 ren dong teng ca lonicerae japonicae
人参 ren shen radix panacis ginseng
肉苁蓉 rou cong rong herba cistanchis deserticolae
肉豆蔻 rou dou kou semen myristicae fragrantis
肉桂 rou gui cortex cinnamoni cassiae
乳香 ru xiang resina olibani
三棱 san leng rhizoma sparganii
三七 san qi radix pseudoginseng
桑白皮 sang bai pi cortex radix mori albi
桑寄生 sang ji sheng radix loranthi seu visci
桑螵蛸 sang piao xiao ootheca mantidis
桑葚 sang shen fructus mori albi
桑叶 sang ye folium mori albi
桑枝 sang zhi radix mori albi
砂仁 sha ren fructus amomi
沙苑子 sha yuan zi semen astragali complanati
山茨菇 shan ci gu pseudobulbus shancigu
山豆根 shan dou gen radix sophorae subprostratae
山药 shan yao radix dioscoreae oppositae
山楂 shan zha fructus crataegi
山茱萸 shan zhu yu fructus corni officinalis
商陆 shang lu radix phytolaccae
蛇床子 she chuang zi fructus cnidii monnieri
射干 she gan rhizoma belamcandae
蛇蜕 she tui exuvia serpentis
麝香 she xiang secretio moschi moschiferi
神曲 shen qu massa medica fermentata
升麻 sheng ma rhizoma cimicifugae
生姜 sheng jiang uncooked rhizoma zingiberis
生铁落 sheng tie luo frusta ferri
石菖蒲 shi chang pu rhizoma acori graminei
柿蒂 shi di calyx khaki
石膏 shi gao gypsum fibrosum
石斛 shi hu herba dendrobii
石决明 shi jue ming concha haliotidis
使君子 shi jun zi fructus quisqualis
石榴皮 shi liu pi percarpium punicae granati
石苇 shi wei herba pyrrosiae
首乌藤 shou wu teng caulis polygoni multiflori
熟地黄 shu di huang cooked radix rehmanniae
水蛭 shui zhi hirudo
苏合香 su he xiang styrax liguidis
苏木 su mu lignum sappan
酸枣仁 suan zao ren semen zizyphi spinosae
锁阳 suo yang herba cynomorii songarici
太子参 tai zi shen radix pseudostellariae
檀香 tan xiang lignum santali albi
桃仁 tao ren semen pruni persicae
天花分 tian hua fen radix trichosanthis kirlowii
天麻 tian ma rhizoma gastrodiae
天门冬 tian men dong tu asparagi cochinensis
天南星 tian nan xing rhizoma arisaematis
天竺黄 tian zhu huang concretio silcea bambusae
葶苈子 ting li zi semen descurainiae seu lepidii
通草 tong zao medulla tetrapanacis papyriferi
土鳖虫 tu bie chong eupolyphaga seu opistholpatia
土茯苓 tu fu ling rhizoma smilacis galbrae
菟丝子 tu si zi semen cuscutae chinensis
瓦楞子 wang leng zi concha arcae inflatae
王不留行 wang bu liu xing semen vaccariae segetalis
苇茎 wei jing rhizoma phragmitis communis
威灵仙 wei ling xian radix clematidis chinensis
五倍子 wu bei zi galla rhois
蜈蚣 wu gong scolopendra subspinipes
五加皮 wu jia pi cortex radix acanthopanacis gracistyli
五灵脂 wu ling zhi feces trogopterori seu pteromi
乌梅 wu mei fructus pruni mume
乌梢蛇 wu shao she zaocys dhumnades
五味子 wu wei zi fructus schisandrae chinensis
乌药 wu yao radix linderae strychnifoliae
乌贼骨 wu zei gu os sepiae sepiellae
吴茱萸 wu zhu yu fructus evodiae rutaecarpae
西瓜 xi gua fructus citrulli vulgaris
犀角 xi jiao cornu rhinocerotis
希莶草 xi xian cao herba siegesbeckiae
细辛 xi xin herba asari cum radice
西洋参 xi yang shen radix panacis qinquifolii
夏枯草 xia ku cao spica prunellae vulgaris
仙鹤草 xian he cao herba agrimoniae pilosae
仙灵脾 xian ling pi herba epimedii
仙茅 xiao mao rhizoma curculiginis orchiodis
香附 xiang fu rhizoma cyperi rotundi
香薷 xiang ru herba elsholtziae
小茴香 xiao hui xiang fructus foeniculi vulgaris
薤白 xie bai bulbus allii
辛夷 xin yi flos magnoliae lilliflorae
杏仁 xing ren semen pruni armeniacae
熊胆 xiong dan fel ursi
雄黄 xiong huang realgar
续断 xu duan radix dipsaci
旋覆花 xuan fu hua flos inulae
玄参 xuan shen radix scrophulariae ningpoensis
血竭 xue jie sanguis draconis
血余炭 xue yu tan crinis carbonisatus
鸭蛋子 ya dan zi fructus bruceae javanicae
延胡索 yan hu suo
阳起石 yang qi shi actinolitum
野菊花 ye ju hua flos chrysanthemi indici
益母草 yi mu cao herba leonuri heterophylli
饴糖 yi tang saccharum granorum
薏苡仁 yi yi ren semen coicis lacyrma-jobi
益知仁 yi zhi ren fructus alpiniae oxyphyllae
阴柴胡 yang chai hu radix stellariae dichotomae
茵陈 yin chen herba artemisiae capillaris
阴阳霍 yin yang huo herba epimedii
罂粟壳 ying su ke percarpium papaveris somniferi
由松结 you song jie nodus ligni pini
郁金 yu jin tuber curcumae
郁李仁 yu li ren semen pruni
禹馀粮 yu yu liang limonitum
鱼腥草 yu xing cao herba houttuyniae cordatae cum radice
玉竹 yu zhu rhizoma polygonati odorati
芫花 yuan hua flos daphnis genkwae
元志 yuan zhi radix polygalae tenuifoliae
元参 yuan shen radix scrophulariae ningpoensis
月季花 yue ji hua flos et fructus rosae chinensis
藏红花 zang hong hua stigma croci sativi
皂角刺 zao jiao ci spina gleditschiae sinensis
泽兰 ze lan herba lycopi lucidi
泽泻 ze xie rhizoma alismatis
樟脑 zhang nao camphora
浙贝母 zhe bei mu bulbus fritillariae thunbergii
珍珠 zhen zhu margarita
珍珠母 zhen zhu mu concha margaratiferae
枳壳 zhi ke fructus citri aurantii
知母 zhi mu rhizoma anemarrhenae aspheloidis
枳实 zhi shi fructus immaturus citri auranthii
栀子 zhi zi fructus gardeniae jasminoidis
竹沥 zhu li succus bambusae
猪苓 zhu ling sclerotium polypori umbellati
竹茹 zhu ru caulis bambusae in taeniis
朱砂 zhu sha cinnabar
紫草 zi cao radix lithospermi seu arnebiae
紫河车 zi he che placenta hominis
紫花地丁 zi hua di ding herba violae yedoensitis cum radice
自然铜 zi ran tong pyritum
紫石英 zi shi ying fluortium
紫苏根 zi su gen caulis perillae frutescentis
紫苏叶 zi su ye folium perillae frutescentis
紫苏子 zi su zi fructus perillae frutescentis
紫菀 zi wan radix asteris tatarici



Todd Luger, the founder of the Chinese Herb Academy, has been designing courses for face to face and internet instruction for over 12 years. He pioneered the use of the threaded discussion forum in TCM continuing education in 1999, an approach to online teaching that has since become the standard in all mainstream colleges. Todd has been an instructor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for the past 5 years, working with professional educators in the areas of course development, classroom instruction and clinical supervision. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Technology at Emporia State University in Kansas.

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