Tian Zhu Huang - Siliceous Secretions of Bamboo

TCM Materia Medica

Tian Zhu Huang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tian zhu huang" which in english is "siliceous secretions of bamboo", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, heart and liver channels and exhibits cold (han) 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: 3-9g
  • Directly: 0.6-1.2g

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

  • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - difficult to expectorate sputum.
  • Clears heat and arrests convulsions - spasms, convulsions due to phlegm-heat, especially in children.

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

ViewBu Nao Wan (Brain Supplementing Pills)

A range of psychiatric, cognitive decline, trauma issues - benefit and clears the brain, transforms phlegm and tonifies kidney qi and the blood. Often used for both general cognitive decline/dementi…

ViewHui Chun Wan (Recovery Special Pill)

Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of …

As noted above, tian zhu huang is within the herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used for phlegm-heat and dry-phlegm patterns - coughs, scrofula, goiters (stagnant phlegm-fire in the channel), convulsions. )".

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