Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi):
Sweet and sour, Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi) has been used since ancient times to promote digestion, relieve food retention and to activate blood circulation. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Shan Zha’s main property is to soften hard masses, eliminating food stagnation. It is especially effective for digestion of red meat or oily and fatty foods. Used in combination with other herbs, Shan Zha can activate blood circulation and remove blood stagnation. This herb has been used in formulas to treat hypertension, coronary artery disorders, angina and hypercholesterolemia.
Research: In one study, 219 patients with angina related to coronary artery disease were treated with a preparation of Shan Zha three times daily, for 4 weeks. The study revealed an overall effective rate of 92.2%, with 47.1% showing improvements. 
Channels: Liver, Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Sweet, sour
 Bei ling Yi Xue (Beijing Medicine), 1986; 2:101
Lai Fu Zi (Semen Raphani):
Lai Fu Zi (Semen Raphani), commonly known as radish seeds, is widely cultivated and used all over China. According to one Chinese saying, “radish in the winter and ginger during summer keep the doctor away.” Acting on the Spleen, Stomach and Lung channels, Lai Fu Zi is used to promote digestion and to treat indigestion and phlegm.
Research: In pharmacological experiments, Lai Fu Zi has also been shown to have antihypertensive effects, thus being a great component of the cholesterol clearer herb formula. A study, evaluating the effectiveness of Lai Fu Zi as antihypertensive, showed promising results. Out of 467 patients with hypertension, 92% showed a reduction of blood pressure, with 49.8% demonstrating marked effectiveness. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung
Taste: Acrid, sweet
 Yi Xue Yan Jiu Tong Xun (Report of Medical Studies), 1986; 6:46
Jiao Gu Lan (Rhizoma seu Herba Gynostemmatis):
Cold and slightly bitter, Jiao Gu Lan (Rhizoma seu Herba Gyostemmatis) acts on the Lung and Heart meridians, nourishing and strengthening the body. It is commonly used to treat chronic disorders, such as asthma, migraines and problems of the gastrointestinal tracts. Due to its focus on the Heart channel, Jiao Gu Lan can lower blood pressure and is excellent for treatment of hypertension and coronary diseases. Jiao Gu Lan also clears heat and eliminates toxins from the body to reduce swelling and inflammation. It has been used to successfully treat gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, cystitis and other conditions characterized by heat and toxins accumulation.
Research: In one study, 129 patients were divided into two groups. One group was given herb formula containing Jiao Gu Lan, while the other was given placebo pills. After one month of treatment, the group treated with Jiao Gu Lan showed a significant reduction in both cholesterol and triglycerides levels. 
Channels: Lung, Heart
Taste: Slightly bitter
 Ia Cour, B. eta!. Traditional Chinese medicine in treatment of hyperlipidemia journal of Ethnopharmacology. 46(2):125-9, May 1996
Yu Jin (Radix Curcumae Tumeric):
This acrid and cold plant is used to stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxins. Yu Jin is also used to clear heat from the Heart and to treat cases of heat, dampness and phlegm covering the Heart, as well as anxiety and irritability.
Research: In one study, patients with coronary artery disease were treated with great results with a herb formula containing Yu Jin. 
Channels: Heart, Liver, Gallbladder
Taste: Bitter, Acrid
 ShangHai Zhong Yi Yao Za Zhi (Shanghai journal of Chinese Medicine and Herbology), 1986; 12:40
Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae):
Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae) is used in traditional Chinese medicine to cool and nourish the blood and calm the Shen (Spirit). Heat in the blood can lead to irritability, insomnia, high fever and even delirium. Dan Shen is also used to treat diseases related to Heat blood deficiency, such as palpitations or insomnia. Cool in nature, Dan Sen invigorated blood circulation and can treat arthritis, redness or swelling.
Research: Various tests showed that administration of Dan Shen can significantly reduce blood pressure in animals.  Dan Shen dilates and increases blood perfusion in the coronary arteries to reduce the damage of cardiac ischemia and prevent death of cardiac muscle. 
Channels: Heart, Pericardium, Liver
 ShangHai Di Yi Xue Yuan Xue Baa (Journal of First Shanghai Medical College), 1980; 7(5):347
 Guo Wai Yi Xue Zhong Yi Zhong Yao Fen Ce (Monograph of Chinese Herbology from Foreign Medicine), 1991; 13(3):4
Jue Ming Zi (Semen Cassiae):
Jue Ming Zi (Semen Cassiae), also known as cassia seed, is a popular Chinese herb commonly used to treat eye disorders and calm the Liver. Also acting on the Large Intestine channel, Jue Ming Zi can help with weight loss. Besides these functions, pharmacological studies have been shown that Jue Ming Zi can be an effective remedy for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This cool and bitter-sweet herb can be used to treat atherosclerosis and to reduce cholesterol levels.
Research: In one study, three groups of patients with high cholesterol levels were treated with different dosages of Jue Ming Zi. The duration of the treatment was six weeks, with evaluation taken every two weeks. Final results showed a progressive decline in cholesterol levels. 
Channels: Liver, Large Intestine
Taste: Sweet, bitter
 Xin Yi Yao Xue Za Zhi (New journal of Medicine and Herbology), 1974; 3:30
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata):
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata) is the honey-fried version of Gan Cao. Stronger than the unprocessed herb, Zhi Gan Cao is even more effective in strengthening the Qi and treating Spleen and Stomach deficiencies. This sweet plant balances the Yin elements in the body and invigorates the Spleen and Stomach, improving the transformation and transportation functions of these channels. As a result, Zhi Gan Cao can treat disorders such as fatigue, shortness of breath or loose stools. Qi and blood deficiency can also cause palpitations, arrhythmia and intermittent pulse, but, due to its nourishing effects, Zhi Gan Cao is an excellent remedy for these symptoms. It can also be used to treat cramps and pain, especially in the abdominal tissues.
Research: In one study 23 patients with arrhythmia were treated with satisfactory results with an herbal formula containing Zhi Gan Cao. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung and Heart
 Bei ling Zhong Yi Xue Yuan Xue Bao (Journal of Beijing University School of Medicine). 1983; 2:24