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Suan Zao Ren

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Name: Wild Jujube (酸棗仁)

Pinyin: Suan Zao Ren

Pharm. Name: Semen Ziziphi Spinnosae






Acrid, Sweet, Sour

Tonify heart and nourish the liver, induce tranquilization, check sweating

Gall Bladder, Heart, Liver, Spleen

9-18g 1.5-3g (Powder)



It has actions of tonifying yin and blood of heart and liver, also inducing tranquilization, so it is the key herb for nourishing heart and tranquilization. For palpitation, fearful throbbing, insomnia, amnesia, etc. due to yin-blood deficiency and heart-mind loss of nourishment, it is often combined with yin-blood tonifying herbs. Such as Dang Sui, Shu Di Huang, He Shou Wu, and so on. It can check sweating so it can be indicated for spontaneous sweating due to deficiency and night sweat. For spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency, it is often combined with herbs to nourish qi, strengthen superficies, and check to sweat. For instance, it is combined with Wu Wei Zi and Huang Qi, etc.


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