Suan Zao Ren Tang (Sour Jujube Decoction)
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Suan Zao Ren Tang (Sour Jujube Decoction)

Formula 4 of 9 in Formulas that Calm the Spirit

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Pattern:

  • Liver Blood Deficiency with Heat from Deficiency

Actions:

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

Indications:

  • 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

There are 5 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Suan Zao Ren (Qty: 15-18 grams)

Neutral Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae)
Channels:
GB, HT, LIV, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Sour, Neutral
Latin:
Semen Zizyphi Spinosae
Chinese:
酸枣仁
Tone Marks:
suān zăo rén
Translation:
Sour Date Seed

Fu Ling (Qty: 6 grams)

Neutral Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Channels:
HT, SP, LU
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin:
Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Chinese:
茯苓
Tone Marks:
fú líng
Alt Names:
Yun Ling, Bai Fu Ling, Fang Ling Kuai

Zhi Mu (Qty: 6 grams)

Cold Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis)
Channels:
LU, ST, KI
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis
Chinese:
知母
Tone Marks:
zhī mŭ
Translation:
Know About Mother

Chuan Xiong (Qty: 6 grams)

Warm Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong)
Channels:
LIV, GB, PER
Properties:
Spicy, Warm
Latin:
Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chinese:
川芎
Tone Marks:
chuān xiōng

Gan Cao (Qty: 3 grams)

Neutral Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Properties:
Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
甘草
Tone Marks:
gān căo
Alt Names:
Guo Lao
Translation:
Sweet Herb, Sweet Grass

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