Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit)

Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit)

Herb 14 of 14 in Herbs that Drain Fire

Cold Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis)
Bitter, Cold
Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis
Tone Marks:
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

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

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • The use of gemposide caused diarrhea in mice.
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-12 grams.
  • Part used: fruit.

Chinese Herb Notes

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

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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