Botanical Name: Ziziphi spinosae Semen

Suan Zao Ren

Suan Zao Ren

Category: Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Taste: Sweet, Sour

Temperature: Neutral

Channels Entered: Gallbladder, Heart, Liver, Spleen

Dosage: 9-15g

Key Characteristics:

  • Nourishes the Heart yin and Liver blood
  • Promotes sleep
  • Inhibits sweating

Cautions and Contraindications:

  • Use with caution in cases of severe diarrhea or heat from excess.

Actions and Indications:

  • Nourishes the Heart yin, augments the Liver blood, and quiets the spirit: for irritability, insomnia, and palpitations with anxiety due to either blood deficiency (inability to nourish the Heart) or yin deficiency (with upward-flaring fire).
  • Prevents abnormal sweating: for both spontaneous sweating and nightsweats.