Botanical Name: Jujubae Fructus

Da Zao

Da Zao

English: Chinese Date

Category: Tonify the Qi

Taste: Sweet

Temperature: Warm

Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach

Dosage: 3-12 pieces or 10-30g

Key Characteristics: Tonifies the qi and blood, generates fluids, harmonizes the Spleen, and moderates the toxic effects of other herbs.

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated when there is heat from excess, damp-heat, or phlegm-heat.
  • Use with caution in cases of abundant dampness or qi stagnation.

Actions & Indications:

  • Tonifies the Spleen and augments the qi: for weakness, shortness of breath, lassitude, reduced appetite, and loose stools due to Spleen and Stomach deficiency. Can be prepared in rice or millet congee for this purpose.
  • Nourishes the blood and calms the spirit: for the wan appearance, irritability, and severe emotional lability associated with restless organ disorder.
  • Moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.
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