Dan Zhu Ye - Lophatherum Stem and Leaves

TCM Materia Medica

Dan Zhu Ye TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "dan zhu ye" which in english is Dan Zhu Ye herb"lophatherum stem and leaves", is categorized within the "herbs that drain fire" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, small intestine and stomach channels and exhibits cold (han), neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Clears heat - heat patterns with irritability and thirst, mouth sores and swollen, painful gums due to heat in the heart or stomach channels.
  • Promotes urination and clears damp-heat - lin syndrome, especially for heat in the small intestine channel with above symptoms and dark red tip on the tongue.

Dan Zhu Ye has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Dan Zhu Ye may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: irritability and/or mouth sores (ulcers)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, dan zhu ye is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

  • Mai Men Dong Yin Zi Wan (Ophiopogon and Trichosanthes Combination) - Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified versio…
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  • Yin Qiao Wan (Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula) - Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chi…
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    As noted above, dan zhu ye is within the herbs that drain fire functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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