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zhu ye 竹葉   (in English and Chinese 中英文)

root is called sui gu zi

By: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

Click here to see picture of herb.  按此看圖

see picture of plant here.

Pharmaceutical name﹕


Herba Lophatheri Gracilis

Latin botanical name﹕


Lophatherum gracile Brongn. Var. elatum Hack.

Pron. in Japanese﹕

日 語 發 音 :


Pron. in Korean



Pron. in Cantonese:


daam6  zuk1 jip6

Common Name﹕

英 文 名 :

bamboo leaves

Other Names:


dan zhu ye 淡竹葉,zhu ye juan xin 竹葉卷心。


Zhejiang, Jiangsu,Hunan, Hubei, Guangdong, Guanxi, Anhui, Fujian, and most part of Asia

Properties (characteristics)﹕

性 味 ﹕

sweet, bland, cold, and slightly bitter and non-toxic


Channels (meridians) entered﹕

經 :

heart, small intestine, stomach

心 ﹐ 小 腸 ﹐ 胃 。

Actions & Indications:

主 治 :

eliminate irritability and clears heat . For mouth sores  and inflamed gums due to heat and in heart and stomach channels. Clears damp heat and promotes urination. For unable to sleep due to heat irritation.

熱病煩渴,發熱不退,口舌生瘡,牙齦腫痛,小便澀 痛,尿路感染,熱病小便短赤,外感風熱,熱淋。

Medical Function:

藥 理 :

  1. diuretic effect

  2. lower fever


  1. 利 尿 作 用

  2. 退 燒 作 用

Chemical ingredients﹕

化 學 成 份 :

contains triterpenoids: arundoin, cylindrin, taraxerol and friendlin.

本 品 含 三帖類化合物 (Triterpenoids) 之 蘆 行 素 ( Arundoin), 印 白 芳 素 (Cylindrin) , 蒲 公 英 賽 醇( Taraxerol), 無 羈(Friendlin)) 。

Dosage per day:

每 日 用 量 :

9 ~ 18 g per day

9 ~ 18 克 。

Samples of formulae:


(1) Gum infection:  yin hua detoxifying  tea

jin yin hua 9 g, zhu ye 9 g, xuan shen 9 g, lian qiao 9 g, sheng gan cao 4.5 g, boil with water to make tea.

In case of bleeding, add sheng di, mao gen; forming of puss, add zao jiao, chao shan jia.

(2) Influenza or cold:yin qiao san

(3) Enlarged Prostate: herb treatment

  1. 牙周感染發炎﹕銀花解毒散

  2. 傷風感冒﹕銀翹散

  3. 前列腺增大:通閉湯


Modern Research:

to be loaded.



禁 忌 ﹕

Do not use in patients with yangxu (yang deficient) or during  pregnancy.

性寒。 故陽 虛體寒者或 懷孕期間勿用。

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