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Suan Zao Ren Tang (Sour Jujube Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit


  • Liver Blood Deficiency with Heat from Deficiency


  • Nourishes Liver and Heart blood Nourishes Yin. Clears deficient heat and calms the spirit.


  • Anxiety, irritability, restlessness, inability to or difficulty in falling asleep, palpitations, night sweats, dizziness, vertigo, thirst, dry mouth and throat

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Dry and red tongue with little coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry, then, and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Insomnia
  • Neurasthenia

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of insomnia due to Phlegm-Heat

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin Gui Yao Lue)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Spleen, Heart, Gall Bladder, Liver, Lungs, Stomach, Kidneys, Pericardium

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae)
Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seed, Zizyphus - Raw Herb Shown) 酸枣仁
Qty: 15-18 grams
Chan: GB, HT, LIV, SP
Prop: Sweet, Sour, Neutral
Latin: Semen Zizyphi Spinosae
Cat: Herbs that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis)
Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena Rhizome) 知母
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, ST, KI
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong)
Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root) 川芎
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LIV, GB, PER
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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