Chinese Jujube (Red Date)

Chinese Jujube (Red Date) / Zizyphi Fructus (da zao)

Neutral and warm; sweet; attributive to spleen and stomach.
The medicinal fruit is oblong in shape and turn dark reddish brown when ripe. The kernels are hot in nature and it is common to cook jujubes without the kernels. It is a superior herb, most widely employed in the Chinese pharmacopoeia adding to herbal formulas to prolong, enhance, and harmonize the effect of the other ingredients; and to circulate the herbal essences in the bloodstream and in the meridians.

Nourish blood and calm the mind for insomnia and restlessness; invigorate the spleen and stomach with poor appetite; promote secretions of vital fluids; retard aging; warming; moderating the toxicity of potent drugs. It is best for fatigue, hypertension, physical exhaustion and malnutrition.


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