English Name: bamboo leaves
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Phyllostachys
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Fire-Purging Herbs
Properties: Zhu Ye enters the Heart, Lung, and Stomach channels; it is sweet and bland in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Zhu Ye is the dried leaves of the bamboo plant, a tall, treelike grass that grows throughout the southern part of China and southeast Asia.
Zhu Ye clears heat from the Stomach and the Heart presenting in the symptoms of irritability (Heart heat) and thirst (Stomach heat). Heart heat can also manifest in the symptoms of ulcerations of the tongue and mouth, insomnia, and restless crying in children; furthermore, through its connection to the small intestines, Heart heat can manifest in burning and painful urination (dysuria—see Dan Zhu Yu).