This is a list of 100 different herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM has been in use for over 2,000 years, so this list is suitable for any setting or time period. Each herb has the traditional name, although not in Chinese characters, and the conditions they are intended to treat.
Although the items are called “herbs” they are not herbs in the culinary sense. Many do come from parts of plants, but these also include spices, and others come from different sources, such as insects and animals. The method of using the herbs is also different to Western medicine, and most are combined with other herbs rather than being used on their own.
Players could find these in a herbal medicine shop, whether modern or ancient Chinese, or in a fictional shop that stocks the same products.
To use the list, either roll d100 to get a random result or choose appropriate ones manually.
Here are some sample results:
25. Ding Xiang – Clove, used to warm the kidney and middle-jiao and support Yang, to restore Qi, stopping hiccups and vomiting, to treat deficiency of the kidney and impotence.
26. Di Yu – Sanguisorba root, used to stop bleeding by clearing heat from the blood, cure poisons and on skin sores, to treat haemorrhoidal bleeding and hemafecia, to clear the bowels and to
treat eczema, carbuncles, damp sores and septicemic sores.
27. Du Huo – Angelica root, used to relieve pain and expel pathogenic wind, dampness and cold, to treat arthralgia, especially in the lower body, caused by wind dampness and wind-cold-dampness causing headaches, fever, adiaphoresis and general pains.
Released: 13th August 2016 Pages: 10