Bamboo Leaf ( 淡竹叶 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Lophatheri Gracilis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Dan Zhu Ye

Common English Name

Bamboo Leaf

Part of Plant Used

Stem and leaves

Nature

Cold

Taste

Sweet, bland

Meridians Entered

Heart, Stomach, Bladder, Small Intestine

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat urinary-tract infections with burning and redness (TCM: damp heat), especially where there are symptoms of mouth and tongue sores with hot, swollen gums (TCM: heat in Stomach and Heart channels); also used with symptoms of bronchitis, expectoraton of blood, insomnia, or convulsions.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Clears heat and lessens irritability; promotes urination and clears damp heat; releases exterior and disperses wind heat.

Common Formulas Used In

Lonicera and Forsythia.

Processing Required

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Remarks

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Cautions in Use

Use with caution during pregnancy.



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