Bencao: Chinese Medicine Herbs 12+

TCM Herbal Reference


    • 3.7 • 7 Ratings
    • $29.99

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The definitive tool for Chinese Medicine herbalists, Bencao contains detailed information on all the commonly used herbs and classic formulas, utilizing a unique layout that is built with the clinician in mind.

Ben Cao (pronounced Ben Tsao) is suitable for all practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
For TCM doctors and physicians, Bencao provides quick access to specific symptoms or syndromes, helpful for making modifications or remembering an obscure function or indication.
For TCM students, Bencao help memorization with it's systematic approach and concise information, replacing heavy reference books and easier to get to the information you need.

Unique features:

◆ Hundreds of commonly used herbs and formulas, organized by Pinyin (Chinese pronunciation) with tone marks, pharmaceutical or English name.

◆ Fully linkable interface. Click any herb, formula, symptom or syndrome's name, category etc. to jump to the respective information screen. Use the back arrows to go all the way back. Click on a herb's image to view it at full screen.

◆ Hundreds of symptoms and dozens of TCM syndromes provide links to all indicated herbs and formulas, making it easy to treat according to Differential Diagnosis (DD).

◆ Save your personal notes on each herb or formula, displayed as an integral part of the information screen.

◆ Personalize you display of herbs and formulas according to your preference of Pinyin, English pharmaceutical or English name.

◆ Contains all the herbs and formulas required by the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam. Use the Settings screen to visually mark them and help you prepare for the exam.

This application is a product of love and a lot of hard work. We value any feedback or suggestion you may have. Please use the "Send Feedback" link in the Settings screen or email us at at any time. Note that we cannot communicate through the reviews section of the App Store so please contact us directly with any concern.

What’s New

Version 1.5

Updated for newest devices and iOS version

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

PrimeAllyn ,

Handy App

This is a great boon to me as I am going overseas to volunteer in a health clinic and am glad to have reference material that fits in my pocket. It is so difficult to lug around a huge materia medica. However, it would be even more handy if there were a way to add herbs and formulas to the application. Everyone has some formulas and herbs that are not commonly used but handy to have for quick reference. Especially when away from one's library. It would make this app 5 stars for me.

Taijitom ,

Bencao disappeared off of my wife's new iPhone 7

My wife and I both have Bencao on our iPhone's for many years and we use it all of the time. We both just got iphone 7 and we restored them from our last backup of our 6S. My Bencao was on my new phone but it was not on my wife's iPhone. She went to the App Store and it was only for purchase but she already purchased it years ago. Can you please advise how to restore Bencao on her iPhone.

Developer Response ,

Glad you find Bencao useful for all these years.
App purchases are managed by Apple and tied your Apple ID. If the new device is tied to same Apple ID then redownload should be at no cost. Please see for more details.

yessicajoungs ,

Needs iPad compatibility

When I bought this app I didn’t realize that it only works in the vertical screen orientation for iPad. This is extremely inconvenient, as a CCM student who uses my iPad as a small computer in the horizontal orientation. I was sincerely hoping to be able to use this app every day and type all my own notes in at the bottom. Please fix this, and then I will rate 5 stars.

App Privacy

The developer, eXebeche, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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