Pharmaceutical Latin: Caulis Bambusae in Taeniam
Common English: Bamboo Shavings
Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Cough: Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cold
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat and transforms Hot Phlegm

Lung Heat with viscous sputum a stifling sensation in the chest or hemoptysis (Phlegm-Heat in the Lungs)

Gallbladder Fire harboring Phlegm and Phlegm-Heat

Clears Heat and stops vomiting

Stomach Heat with bad breath, vomiting bitter or sour fluid, aversion to Heat, a greasy, yellow tongue coat (due to either Excess or Deficiency)

Cools the Blood and stops bleeding

Blood Heat bleeding

Calms the fetus

Restless fetus

  • Contraindicated for those with nausea and vomiting due to Stomach Cold or Cold Food Stagnation.
  • Contraindicated for those with diarrhea due to Spleen Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with vomiting due to externally-contracted Cold with excessive consumption of food.

Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi
(Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum)
(Zhi Ban Xia)

Cough due to Heat in the Lungs.

Insomnia, palpitations and irritability due to Phlegm Heat leading to disharmony between the Gallbladder and Stomach with a stifling sensation in the chest and restlessness.

Phlegm-Heat in the Stomach with a stifling feeling in the epigastrium and vomiting.

Hb. Dendrobii
Shi Hu

Rz. Phragmitis
Lu Gen

Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi
Rz. Zingiberis Recens
Sheng Jiang
Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen

Harmonizes the Stomach by descending Qi and replenishing Yin Fluids to treat hunger with no desire to eat with recurrent nausea, vomiting or dry heaves, thirst and dry mouth due to Stomach Yin Deficiency.

Irritability, thirst and vomiting due to depletion of fluids caused by Heat.

Vomiting or hiccup due to Stomach Deficiency Heat.

Succus Zingiberis Rhizomatis
Jiang Zhi


Succus Zingiberis Rhizomatis
Jiang Zhi

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Caulis Perillae
Zi Su Geng

Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Mitigates its Cold properties and enhances its ability to stop vomiting to treat morning sickness.

Morning sickness.

Hiccup due to Stomach Qi Deficiency with Heat symptoms.

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi
Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi
Fu Ling

Nausea, vomiting, hiccup or dry retching due to Stomach Fire.

Vomiting of mucus or acid regurgitation due to Phlegm-Heat Obstructing the Stomach.

Phlegm-Heat obstructing the flow of Qi with focal distention in the chest and epigastrium, hiccup, dry retching, nausea and acid regurgitation.

Palpitations, irritability, insomnia and emotional problems due to Gallbladder constraint with Phlegm Disturbing the Heart.

Gallbladder Fire with Phlegm.

  1. This herb is very effective at stopping vomiting and can be used with other herbs for other types of vomiting including morning sickness.
  2. This herb is used whenever Hot Phlegm causes restlessness and agitation.
  3. There is some disparity regarding the use of this herb and Succus Bambusae Zhu Li, derived from the sap of the same plant. Their effects are similar and Zhu Ru is used in most instances, however, the sap Zhu Li, is colder and more Phlegm dissolving, while Zhu Ru is more Fire-purging and anti-emetic.
  4. This herb cools Lung heat and is valuable for calming the Spirit and releasing constraint.
  5. It is also said to unblock and facilitate the flow of urine. It cools Heat in the Intestines and eliminates tenesmus and abdominal pain from dysenteric disorders.
  6. Its cooling and unblocking actions treat swelling and pain due to trauma and Blood Stasis.
  7. Boiling it in vinegar and rinsing the mouth with it can stop bleeding gums.
  8. Both Zhu Ru and Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia alleviate nausea, calm the Spirit, and are often combined to enhance these qualities. Zhu Ru is moistening and cooling and is biased toward the treatment of Phlegm-Heat and nausea from Stomach Heat. It also relieves constraint and disperses clumped Phlegm-Heat affecting the Gallbladder. Zhi Ban Xia is acrid, warm, drying and is biased toward treating Cold-Phlegm, Damp-Phlegm, and thin mucus affecting the Spleen, Stomach and epigastrium.
  9. Fresh Bamboo Shavings Xian Zhu Ru ix very cold, strongly clears Heat, transforms Phlegm and eliminates irritability. It is used for Phlegm and Heat disturbing the Spirit and causing restless irritability. It also treats Lung Heat cough with sticky yellow Phlegm
  10. Dry-fired Bamboo Shavings Chao Zhu Ru is less cold and is appropriate for treating reflux and rebellious Qi from Stomach Deficiency.
  11. Ginger Bamboo Shavings Jiang Zhu Ru is slightly warm and is stronger at descending rebellious Qi and relieving nausea. It is used to treat nausea and reflux due to either Stomach Cold or Stomach Heat.