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Nu Zhen Zi (Privet Fruit, Ligustrum)

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Cool Nu Zhen Zi (Fructus Ligustri Lucidi)
Bitter, Sweet, Cool (or Neutral)
Fructus Ligustri Lucidi
Tone Marks:
nǚ zhēn zĭ
Alt Names:
Nu Zhen, Dong Qing Zi, Nu Zhen Shi
Female Chastity Seed


  • Tonifies Liver and Kidney Yin and Jing
    For dizziness, spots before the eyes, prematurely grey hair, tinnitus, sore and weak low back and knees
  • Clears Heat and Brightens the Eyes
    Treats vision problems including blurred vision, dry eyes, and diminished vision due to excess and Deficient conditions. For red and painful eyes due to Liver Yang Rising

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency leading to Cold
  • Use caution in cases with Yang deficiency

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Nu Zhen Zi lowers plasma glucose levels. Combining this herb with anti-diabetic medication such as insulin or sulfonylureas may result in hypoglycemia. 12

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted.


  • 10-15 grams in decoction 12
  • 9-18 grams in decoction 13


  • This herb is also useful in cases of lymph or lung tuberculosis due to Yin Deficiency.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: