Da Zao - Chinese Date, Jujube

TCM Materia Medica

Da Zao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "da zao" which in english is Da Zao herb"chinese date, jujube", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the spleen and stomach channels and exhibits sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 10-30g or 3-12 pieces

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, loose stools.
  • Nourishes the blood, calms the spirit - irritability, pale complexion, emotional disturbances, restlessness.
  • Useful to harmonize the harsh properties of other herbs.

Da Zao has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • May cause heat, dampness, and phlegm leading to fullness in the middle jiao, food stagnation.

Da Zao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: irritability

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, da zao is generally included in the following 15 formulas:

  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction) - A combination of gui zhi tang and xiao chai hu tang - toget…
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  • Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan (Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula) - Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility…
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  • Fang Ji Huang Qi Wan (Stephania and Astragalus Teapills) - Wind damp / wind edema (feng shui, literally "wind water") …
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  • Gan Mai Da Zao Wan (Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula) - Anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards los…
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  • Ge Gen Wan (Kudzu Decoction) - Wind-cold invasion with upper neck and back pain - cold or …
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  • Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Cinnamon Twig Decoction) - Gan Mao (wind-cold) - Common cold or flu (or related illnes…
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  • Huang Qi Gui Zhi Wu Wu Wan (Astragalus and Cinnamon Twig Five Herb Decoction) - Common with blood deficient patterns for dispersing interio…
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  • Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction) - A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - simi…
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  • Juan Bi Wan (Remove Painful Obstruction Decoction) - Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes in qi deficient patients - join…
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  • Ping Wei Wan (Calm the Stomach Powder) - Damp cold stagnation in the middle jiao - poor appetite, in…
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  • Qing Bi Wan (Clear The Nose Decoction) - Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medi…
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  • Qing Fei Wan (Clear The Lungs Decoction) - Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic…
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  • Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction) - Blood stagnation particularly in the head - migraines and/o…
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  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction) - Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating f…
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  • Yu Ping Feng Wan (Jade Windscreen Formula) - Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immu…
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    As noted above, da zao is within the herbs that tonify qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... herbs in this category are generally sweet and rich. they are most often combined with herbs that move and regulate the qi. )".

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