Zizyphus Seed-pacifies the spirit and calms the mind

Chinese:  Suan Zao Ren

Semen zizphi spinosae

Energy:  Neutral

Organs:  Heart, Spleen, Liver, Gallbladder

Properties:  nervine, sedative, tonic, astringent

Effects: This herb is a tonic to the heart and blood.  It can be used in deficiency patterns with symptoms of insomnia,  insomnia, irritability, palpitations, anxiety, spontaneous sweating and nervous exhaustion.  This is the best of the Chinese nutritive sedatives, It is safe and effective for children, the week or the elderly,

Dosage 10-20 g.

Zizyphus seeds are usually stir-fried prior to use; the seeds are turned rapidly in a hot wok and then allowed to cool. The fried herb is said to be especially useful for nourishing the liver blood, calming the spirit, and stopping sweating; the raw herb may be used to drain the liver and gallbladder; it also calms the spirit, but is less nourishing. Pharmacology evaluations indicate that both the raw and fried seed have similar sedative actions.

Contraindications:  not to be used in cases of extreme heat or severe diarrhea.

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