Suan Zao Ren


Suan Zao Ren in TCM:

Explore the properties of Suan Zao Ren according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: Zizyphus, spiny date seed, sour jujube seed
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Ziziphi Spinosae
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: HT, KD, LV

Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: blood, yin

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- for yin deficiency
  • chao- for blood deficiency

Actions / Indications:
  • Nourishes HT and LV, Calms spirit / shen (irritability, insomnia, excessive dreaming, palpitations, with anxiety due to blood or yin deficiency)
  • Prevents abnormal sweating (spontaneous or night sweating due to qi or yin deficiency)
  • (cc: heat excess or hot phlegm accumulation)
  • (note: crush before decocting)

    Special Notes:
  • Compared to Bai Zi Ren, Suan Zao Ren is stronger to calm shen and astringes to stop sweat. Bai Zi Ren is rich in oil and help to lubricate the intestines.