Gardenia Fructus

Zhi Zi

Zhi Zi

Herbs Clear Heat & Drain Fire

Taste: Bitter
Temperature: Cold
Channels: Lung, Stomach, Heart, San Jiao, Liver

Dosage: 6-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in those with cold from deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach with reduced appetite and loose stools.

Actions & Indications:

  • Zhi Zi

    Zhi Zi

    Drains heat and eliminates irritability: for heat patterns with fever, irritability, restlessness, stifling sensation in the chest, insomnia, or delirious speech.

  • Clears heat and resolves dampness: for painful urinary dribbling due to damp heat in the lower burner; damp heat and constrained Liver and Gallbladder (middle burner) with jaundice; and damp heat in the Gallbladder and Triple Burner channels of the face, affecting the nose and eyes, or causing sores in the mouth or face region.
  • Cools the blood and resolves toxicity: for heat in the blood with such symptoms as nosebleed, or blood in the vomit, stool or urine. For this purpose, the herb is partially charred.
  • Reduces swelling and moves blood stasis due to trauma: for this purpose, apply topically as a powder mixed with egg white or vinegar.