Ziziphus jujuba, Jujube

Ziziphus jujuba, Jujube, Da Zao, Zao, Chinese Date, Jujube Date, Chinese jujube, Zizyphus jujuba [sic.] is to the Chinese what Apples are to Americans. The large-fruited common jujube, or Chinese date, has hundreds of cultivated varieties in China. They are grown throughout the country and are available virtually everywhere. Jujube is an excellent example of how the Chinese use food as medicine. The fruit has an ancient history of use as a Chinese herb. This small deciduous tree is believed to have been introduced from China into West Asia 2,500—3000 years ago. The ripe fruit of jujube is a very commonly used traditional Chinese herbal medicine, as it has been for several millennia. It was mentioned in the first century classic Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing. In TCM the fruits, both a food and medicine, are used in prescriptions for lack of appetite and diarrhea due to spleen deficiency, loss of vital energy, blood loss, lack of strength, palpitations, purpurea due to reduction of blood platelets, insomnia, and night sweat.

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