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Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit)

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Cold Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis)
Bitter, Cold
Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis
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  • Clears Heat and Calms the Spirit
    For high fever, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, or chest constriction.
  • Drains Damp-Heat
    For dysuria from Damp-Heat in the Lower Jiao, jaundice from Damp-Heat in the Liver and Gallbladder, and Damp-Heat in the San Jiao and Gallbladder channels affecting the face, nose, and eyes.
  • Cools the Blood, Reduces Toxins, and Stops Bleeding
    For epistaxis, vomiting Blood, or Blood in the stool or urine.
  • Reduces swelling and moves Blood Stagnation
    Can be mixed with egg whites and vinegar and applied topically for trauma.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Contraindicated in cases of loose stool, diarrhea, or loss of appetite from cold in the spleen and stomach.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • The use of gemposide caused diarrhea in mice.


  • 3-12 grams.
  • Part used: fruit.


  • Partially char to stop bleeding.
  • Dry-frying until herb turns yellow will reduce tendency of this herb to cause nausea and vomiting.

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