Sweet and warm
Spleen and stomach
1. To replenish qi in the middle jiao (spleen and stomach); 2. To nourish the blood and soothe the mind; 3. To moderate the action of herbs.
1. Weakness of the spleen and stomach manifested as lassitude, poor appetite and loose stool. Jujube (Da Zao) is used with Ginseng (Ren Shen) and White atractylodes (Bai Zhu).2. Hysteria manifested as grief, weeping and sighing. Jujube (Dazao) is used with Licorice root (Gan Cao) and Light wheat (Fu Xiao Mai) in the formula Gan Mai Dazao Tang.3. Moderating the action of other herbs. Jujube (Dazao) is used with Peking spurge root (Da Ji), Kansui root (Gan Sui) and Genkwa flower (Yuan Hua) in the formula Shizao Tang.
3-12 g, or 10-30 g
This herb is contraindicated in conditions of excessive dampness, epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness, retention of food, intestinal parasites, pain of decayed teeth and cough due to phlegm-heat.