Chinese Medicines

Commonly used Chinese Medicines

Among all Chinese medicines, top 20 commonly used Chinese herbal medicines for pregnancy are recorded.
English NameTherapeutic Actions for PregnancyOther Clinical ApplicationsDose per day
Largehead Atractylodes Rhizomainvigorate of Spleen and replenish Qi; eliminate Damploss of appetite, abdominal distension and diarrhea, dizziness and palpitation, edema, sweating12.7g
Chinese Dodder Seedreplenish and tonify Liver and Kidneyimpotence, seminal emission, dripping of urine after urination, enuresis, frequent urination, aching and weakness of the loins and knees, blurred vision and tinnitus, diarrhea, vitiligo21.8g
Himalayan Teasel Rootreplenish Liver and Kidney; strengthen tendons and bonesaching and weakness of the loins and knees, rheumatic arthralgia, abnormal uterine bleeding or menorrhalgia, traumatic injuries15.3g
Donkey-hide Gluenourish Yin and Blood; relieve Drynessanemia, palpitation and muscle weakness, insomnia numbness and tremors, dry cough, hemoptysis, hematemesis, hematuris, menorrhagia6.4g
Chinese Taxillus Twigreinforce Liver and Kidney; strengthen tendons and bonesrheumatic or rheumatoid arthralgia with aching and weakness of the lower back and knees, abnormal uterine bleeding, menorrhagia, hypertension17.9g
Liquorice Rootreinforce Spleen; replenish Qi; remove Heat and counteract toxicitylassitude and weakness, cardiac palpitation and shortness of breath, cough with phlegm, spasmodic pain, carbuncles and sores, reduce the toxic or drastic actions of other drugs6.2g
Milkvetch Rootreinforce Qilack of strength, anorexia and loose stools, chronic diarrhea, prolapse of the rectum, hemafacia, sweating, edema, abscesses difficult to burst or heal, anemia, wasting-thirst, uterine bleeding, albuminuria in chronic nephritis, diabetes22.9g
White Peony Rootsubdue hyperactivity of Liver; nourish Bloodheadache and dizziness, costal and abdominal pain, spasmodic pain of limbs, anemia, menstrual disorders, sweating15.5g
Chinese Angelicaenrich Blood; activate circulationanemia with dizziness and palpitation, menstrual disorders, amenorrhea, dysmenorrheal, constipation, rheumatic arthralgia, traumatic injuries, carbuncles, boils and sores10.1g
Baical Skullcap Rootremove Damp-Heat; quench Fire and counteract toxicitychest distress, nausea and vomiting in epidemic febrile diseases, abdominal distension, acute dysentery or jaundice, cough, high fever with dire thirst, hematemesis and epistaxis, carbuncles and sores10.1g
Eucommia Barktonify Liver and Kidney; strengthen tendons and boneslumbago and lack of strength, hypertension14.7g
Steamed Rehmannia Rootnourish Yin; replenish Blood; reinforce Essence and marrowaching and weakness of the loins and knees, hectic fever and bonesteaming, night sweating, seminal emission, thirst, anemia with sallow complexion, palpitation, menoxenia, abnormal uterine bleeding, dizziness, tinnitus, premature senility21.6g
Rehmannia Root (codonopsis pilosula)reinforce Qi; invigorate Spleen and Lungshortness of breath, cough, palpitation, anorexia, loose stools, wasting-thirst18.8g
Common/Wingde Yan Rhizomareplenish Spleen and Stomach; promote Fluid secretion and benefit Lung; strengthen Kidneyanorexia and chronic diarrhea, cough and dyspnea, seminal emission, excessive leucorrhea, frequent urination or diabetes18.2g
Villous Amomrum Fruiteliminate Damp; warm Spleenepigastric stuffiness and loss at appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, morning sickness6.5g
Raw Rehmannia Rootremove Heat; promote production of Blood Fluids; reduce Heat in Bloodthirst, skin eruptions and maculation, hematemesis, epistaxis, sore throat21.6g
Szechuan Lovage Rhizomapromote Blood and Qi; dispel Windmenstrual disorders, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, abdominal pain, pricking pain in the chest and costal regions, swelling and pain, headache, rheumatic arthralgia7.4g
Chinese Mugwort Leafdispel Cold; warm Meridianspain in lower abdomen, menstrual disorders, infertility, hematemesis, epistaxis, excessive menstrual flow or prolonged menstruation, itching8.7g
Motherwort Herbregulate Blood circulationmenstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, lochiorrhea, edema and oliguria17.5g
Tangerine Peelregulate Qi; invigorate Spleen; eliminate Dampchest distress and epigastrium with anorexia, vomiting and diarrhea, cough with copious phlegm8.5g
References: Wang CC, Li L, Lau CBS, Leung PC, Fung KP. 2013. Pregnancy outcomes, embryonic and fetal development in maternal exposure to Chinese medicines. Birth Defect Res C 99, 275-291