Da Zao


Da Zao in TCM:

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

English Name: jujube, date
Pharmacuetical Name: Frucuts Jujubae
Properties: sweet, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: ST, SP

Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: qi, blood

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonifies SP; augments qi (weakness, shortness of breath, lassitude, reduced appetite, loose stools due to SP and ST deficiency)
  • Nourish blood; calms spirit (wan appearance, irritability, severe emotional lability, crying without reason, hysteria due to restless organ disorder)
  • Moderates and harmonizes properties of other herbs (moderates harshness of other herbs, harmonizes middle jiao in combination with other herbs, particularly with shen jiang)

    Special Notes:
  • Da zao with sheng jiang is a great combination: Sheng jiang disperses and enters the wei level whereas da zao tonifies and enters the ying level... when used together they harmonize ying and wei, and the middle jiao (to stop vomiting, etc.)
  • Da Zao has two colors: black and red. Red is slightly stronger to tonify qi, whereas Black is slightly stronger to tonify blood.

  • (cc: excess dampness, damp phlegm disorders with epigastric distension and bloating)
  • (cc: food stagnation)
  • (cc: intestinal parasites)
  • (cc: minimize use and dosage when weak digestion; too sticky, may cause stagnation)