Suan Zao Ren (Semen Ziziphi Spinosae)

Source: Suan Zao Ren (Semen Ziziphi Spinosae) is the mature seed of Ziziphus Spinosa Hu. They are collected when the fruits are ripe and then dried. It is used in either its’ raw form or after being stir-baked.

Category: Calming the spirit / Nourishing the Heart.

Common Name: Sour Jujube Seed or Ziziphus Seed.

Channels Entered: Heart, Liver, Spleen, Gallbladder.

Properties and Functions: Suan Zao Ren is sweet, sour and neutral. Its main functions are to nourish Heart Yin, augment Liver Blood and calm the spirit. It is also used clincally to prevent abnormal swelling.

Indications: Suan Zao Ren is indicated for insomnia, irritability or vexation. It is comminly used in the treatment of palpitations presenting with anxiety. The other main indication is for spontaneous sweating and night sweating.

Dosage: 9 – 15g

Cautions and Contra-indications: Its’ use is cautioned during pregnancy and is contra-indicated in for severe diarrhoea or heat due to excess.