Ziziphi Fruit ( 大枣 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Ziziphi Jujubae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Da Zao

Common English Name

Red Date

Part of Plant Used

Fruit

Nature

Neutral

Taste

Sweet

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas for its nourishing, moistening, invigorating, and soothing effects. It is used to treat insomnia, hysteria, nervous imbalances, weak digestion, anemia, and fatigue from poor metabolism; also used to help heal bruising and to enhance recovery from illness. This herb increases circulation of other herbs in bloodstream and moderates effects of stimulant herbs in people with weak constitutions.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Tonifies Spleen and benefits Stomach; nourishes Nutritive Qi, moistens dryness, and calms Spirit; moderates and harmonizes other herbs.

Common Formulas Used In

Angelica; Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Ginseng and Astragalus; Ginseng and Longan; Major Six Herbs; Minor Bupleurum; Pueraria Combination; Qiang-Huo and Turmeric; Stephania and Astragalus.

Processing Required

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Remarks

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Cautions in Use

Do not use where there are parasites, or where there is dampness with signs of bloating or a sensation of fullness in the upper abdomen. Use cautiously where there are damp phlegm imbalances.



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