Pinyin: da zao
ENGLISH NAME: Jujube (Fruit)
LATIN NAME: Jujubae Fructus
Properties: sweet, warm
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach, Benefits Qi
2. Tonifies Blood
3. Calms the Shen (Spirit)
4. Harmonizes Other Herbs
3 to 12 grams in decoction.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Sweet in nature, Da Zao may create dampness, phlegm and heat. Therefore, it is contraindicated for use as a sin- gle remedy, or at a large dosage, in cases of excess dampness, excess heat, and hot phlegm.
• Da Zao is not recommended in cases of intestinal parasites.
• Excessive use of Da Zao may lead to tooth decay, due to the high sugar content of the herb.