Traditional Chinese Medicine/Zhi Zi

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Name Means:

  • Zhi-Gardenia
  • Zi-Seed

English Name:

  • gardenia fruit
  • Cape Jasmine fruit

Chinese Name:

  • 栀子 (Pinyin: zhī zi)

Latin Name:

  • Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis[1]

Taste & Temperature:


  • Hand Tai Yin of Lung
  • Hand Shao Yin of Heart
  • Foot Yang Ming of Stomach
  • Foot Jue Yin of Liver
  • Hand Shao Yang of San Jiao

Actions & Indications:

  • Clear Heat & Drain Fire
  • eliminate irritability
  • drain Damp-Heat for jaundice
  • cool Blood and stop bleeding (charred)
  • reduce swelling and move Blood Stagnation due to trauma (powder, topically)


  • Spleen/Stomach Deficient Cold
  • loose stool or loss of appetite due to deficient cold


  • 1-4 qian (3-12 grams)


  • crush

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Xijun Wang, Wenjun Sun, Hui Sun, Haitao Lv, Zeming Wu, Ping Wang, Lian Liu, Hongxin Cao. "Analysis of the constituents in the rat plasma after oral administration of Yin Chen Hao Tang by UPLC/Q-TOF-MS/MS", Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, Volume 46, Issue 3, 13 February 2008, Pages 477-490.