Tian Zhu Huang – Bamboo Sugar – Concretio Silicea Bambusae

Tian Zhu Huang

English Name: bamboo silicea, tabasheer, bamboo sugar

Literal Translation: “heavenly bamboo yellow”

Pharmaceutical Name: Concretio Silicea Bambusae

Medica Category: Phlegm-Resolving Herbs

Properties: Tian Zhu Huang enters the Gallbladder, Heart, and Liver channels; it is sweet in nature and cold in temperature.

What is Tian Zhu Huang?:

The Chinese Herb Tian Zhu Huang is produced from a silica gel that forms in the hollow stem of the bamboo plant (weaver’s bamboo– Bambusa textilis). Heat is applied to the bamboo, and the gel is secreted from the nodes and crystallizes in the air.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Tian Zhu Huang:

Tian Zhu Huang clears heat and resolves phlegm and is commonly used ease convulsions and seizures that occur when heat and phlegm obstruct the Shen. Gentle in its action, it is appropriate to use with infants and children in the proper dosage. Tian Zhu Huang also address wind-stroke and aphasia due to phlegm obstruction of the Heart.