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Shan Zha (Hawthorn Fruit)

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Slightly Warm Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi)
Sour, Sweet, Slightly Warm
Fructus Crataegi
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shān zhā


  • Reduces Food Stagnation, Transforms Accumulation
    Especially effective for improved digestion of red meat and oily, greasy and fatty foods. Treats indigestion with abdominal distention, pain and or diarrhea
  • Disperses Blood Stagnation, Dissipates Clumps
    Treats post-partum or amenorrhea abdominal pain and spotting. Used for hernia and bulging disorders.
  • Treats Cardiovascular Disease
    Treats hypertension, coronary artery disorder, angina, high cholesterol
  • Stops Diarrhea
    Treats chronic dysentery disorders

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy
  • Use with caution in cases with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency
  • Use with caution in cases with gastritis or peptic ulcers
  • Do not take long term, it can harm the flow of Spleen and Stomach Qi

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 10-15 grams in decoction. Maximum dose of 30 grams (Chen)
  • 9-12 grams in decoction (Bensky)


  • Shan Zha (Hawthorn Fruit) has been shown to lower cholesterol via three separate mechanisms and is commonly recommended as a daily tea for those with hypercholesterolemia.

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