Ziziphus jujuba var. spinosa, Ziziphus spinosa, Suan Zao, Suan Zao Ren, Sour Date, Sour Jujube, Wild Jujube, 酸枣
Ziziphus jujuba var. spinosa, Ziziphus spinosa, Suan Zao, Suan Zao Ren, Sour Date, Sour Jujube, Wild Jujube, 酸枣. The seeds of Ziziphus jujuba var. spinosa, a wild variety which is common in the mountains on the outskirts of Beijing, is the source of the traditional Chinese drug suan-zao-ren. It is widely used in China as a sedative and hypnotic. Excellent results have been reported from the use of the seed extract insomnia. On a trip to Beijing in 1988, suffering from severe jetlag and insomnia, I used the extract of suan-zao-renas a sleep aid with excellent results. The seeds are official in the Chinese Pharmacopeia.
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