Zizyphus Seed - Suan Zao Ren

Zizyphus Seed - Suan Zao Ren

Zizyphus Seed - Suan Zao Ren

Products Featuring This Herb:
Zizyphus Seed, Raw Extract Powder 100 grams
Zizyphus Seed, Raw Extract Powder 5 kilograms
Ginseng & Longan
Ginseng & Zizyphus
Lights Out
Pearl Shen
Emperor's Teapills
Emperor's Teapills Economy Size
Peaceful Sleep Teapills
Return the Spleen Formula Teapills
Return the Spleen Formula Teapills Economy Size

Other Common Names
Zizyphus Seed

Page # In Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs

Latin Name
Semen Zizyphi spinosae

Suan Zao Ren

Blood and Shen

Treasure Rating

Atmospheric Energy

Sweet and sour

Organ Meridian Systems
Heart and Liver

Primary Functions
Nourish Heart blood, pacify Shen, benefits Yin

Zizyphus is one of the most commonly used herbs in Chinese herbalism. It is the quintessential tranquilizing herbal substance. Being neutral in energy and mild in nature, it is the most commonly used lead herb in sedative formulas designed to help relax the mind and induce sound sleep. It is especially useful for people who are experiencing restless sleep with excessive, vivid dreams and/or nightmares.

It is categorized as a heart-blood tonic, therefore directly calming the heart, which is the seat of Shen and which determines our emotional stability. This is a very good herb for women who suffer insomnia due to a slight or profound anemic condition. It may be combined with Dang Gui, White Peony and Polygonum to build heart blood.

For simple, occasional insomnia due to stress or over-thinking, Zizyphus may be brewed simply by itself, or it may also be brewed as a tea with other Shen stabilizing herbs such as Polygonum stem, Spirit Poria and/or Ganoderma and consumed at bedtime.

It is used with Biota, Polygonatum Sibericum and/or steamed or raw Rehmannia for insomnia, fright or anxiety caused by deficiency of the Kidney and Yin deficiency with hyperactive Yang.

It can also be used to stop excessive perspiration. In this case it is combined with tonic astringents such as Schizandra, Cornus and Dragon Bone and with Qi tonics such as Codonopsis and/or Astragalus. For spontaneous sweating or night sweating due to weakness (as occurs in people who are exhausted or are infected with a chronic virus), mix Zizyphus with Ginseng, Astragalus and Schizandra.

It also helps the bowels to move. Mixed with Biota, it is both a sedative and a mild laxative.

Primary Combinations
Combine with:

  1. Albizia Bark, Spirit Poria, Polygonum Stem, Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell to stabilize Shen and treat insomnia caused by anxiety
  2. Astragalus, Schizandra and Ginseng as a Heart Qi tonic and to stop night sweating
  3. Biota for insomnia and as a mild laxative

Varieties and Grading
Zizyphus seed is not the seed of the Jujube Date, as many people think. Zizyphus jujube (Chinese Red Date) and Zizyphus spinosa are different species and have different herbal effects. The seed must be roasted to be effective and mild in action. Freshly roasted Zizyphus has a very pleasant aroma.

Do not use when experiencing diarrhea. Zizyphus may cause drowsiness.