Bamboo juice (Zhuli)-Phyllostachys nigra

Bamboo juice (Zhuli)

Phyllostachys nigra

Pharmaceutical Name: 

Saccus Bambusae in Taeniam.

Botanical Name: 

1. Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis Stapf; 2. Bambusa tuldoides Munro; 3. Sinocalamus breecheyanus (Munro) McClure var. pubescens P. F. Li

Common Name: 

Bamboo juice.

Source of Earliest Record: 

Mingyi Bielu.

Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: 

The bamboo juice is collected after the green bamboo has been burned.

Properties & Taste: 

Sweet and cold.


Lung and stomach.


To clear heat and resolve phlegm.

Indications & Combinations:

1. Phlegm-heat cough manifested as cough with thick, yellow sputum and chest pain: Bamboo juice (Zhuli) is used with Loquat leaf (Pipaye) and Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou).
2. Windstroke due to heart misted by phlegm, epilepsy or manic psychosis: Bamboo juice (Zhuli) is used with Ginger juice (Jiangzhi).


30-50 g

Cautions & Contraindications: 

This herb is contraindicated for cough caused by cold and in cases with diarrhea caused by spleen deficiency.

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