Herb Formulas Notebook

Suan Zao Ren Tang

Sour Jujube Decoction

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Pattern: Deficiency overwork and irritability

Key Symptoms: Insomnia despite fatigue and exhaustion, irritability, impatience, discomfort in chest that is difficult to describe
Secondary Symptoms: Palpitations, anxiety, hot flushes, night sweats, dizziness, vertigo, dry throat and mouth

Tongue: Dry body, red tip, scanty coating
Pulse: Thin, rapid, forceless
Abdomen: Weak abdominal wall, palpable periumbilical pulsations

Suan Zao Ren 12-18g
Fu Ling 6g
Zhi Mu 6g
Chuan Xiong 6g
Gan Cao 3g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Nourishes the Blood, calms the Shen, clears Heat, eliminates irritability

Contraindications: Loose stools

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Herba Passiflorae(Passion Flower)5g(Emperor)
Flos Crategi(Hawthorn flower)7g(Minister)
Fructus Rubi fructiosi(Unripe Raspberry)3g(Minister)
Herba Millefolii(Yarrow)4g(Minister)
Rhizoma Valerianae(Valerian root)5g(Minister)
Folium Rosmarini(Rosemary)4g(Assistant)
Radix Glycyrrhizae(Licorice root)2g(Assistant)

Research Links:
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Journal of Chinese Medicine
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