INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Gardeniae
Common English: Cape Jasmine Fruit
Gardenia
Gardenia Pod  
Herbs that Clean Heat and Drain Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat in the Qi Stage
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
(Astringent)
Cold
Heart
Lung
Stomach
Liver
Triple Burner
(Gallbladder)
(Yin Wei)
3-12g
Tincture: 2-4 ml (less cooling, more sedating)
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat, reduces Fire and eliminates irritability

Excess Heat in the Heart, Stomach and Liver with fever, irritability, restlessness, a stifling sensation in the chest, insomnia or delirious speech

Clears Heat and resolves Dampness (Drains Damp-Heat)

Damp-Heat in the Lower Jiao with painful urinary dysfunction (Lin Syndrome)

Damp-Heat in the Liver/Gallbladder with jaundice

Damp-Heat in the San Jiao

Damp-Heat in the Gallbladder and San Jiao channels of the face affecting the nose and eyes or causing sores in the mouth or facial region

Cools the Blood and relieves toxicity (stops bleeding by astringing)

Heat in the Blood with epistaxis, hematemesis, hemafecia or hematuria (partially charred)

Reduces swelling and invigorates the Blood

Blood Stagnation due to trauma (topical)

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with loose stool or loss of appetite due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with Blood Deficiency Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with abdominal and epigastric pain that is not caused by Fire.
  • Use caution when driving or operating heavy machinery.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • Zhi Zi has a sedative effect and may increase drug-induced sleep time when used concurrently with sedatives such as antihistamines, narcotic analgesics, barbiturates, benzodiazepenes and others.

Sm. Sojae Preparata
Dan Dou Chi

Cx. Moutan
Mu Dan Pi

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Rz. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Insomnia and irritability from Deficiency due to Heat lingering in the chest.

Resolves Qi Level Stagnation leading to Heat and Heat in the Blood.

Irregular menstruation, headache, red eyes, and thirst due to Liver Qi Heat from Stagnation.

Dysmenorrhea, headache, dry, scratchy eyes and intercostal pain due to Liver Blood Deficiency.

Heat from constraint.

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Rz. Zingiberis Succus
Jiang Zhi

Talcum
Hua Shi

Irritability and restlessness with high fever due to Toxic Heat.

Carbuncles and furuncles with or without abscesses and ulcerations.

Epigastric pain due to Heat.

Painful urinary dysfunction due to Damp-Heat in the Urinary Bladder.

Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
(Cx. Phellodendri)
(Huang Bai)

Cacumen Platycladi
Ce Bai Ye
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Rz. Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen

Jaundice due to Damp-Heat in the Liver/Gallbladder.

Heat induced hemorrhage such as hematemesis and epistaxis.

Epistaxis, hematemesis or hematuria.

Sm. Sojae Preparata
Dan Dou Chi
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Rz, Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen
Rx. Rehmanniae
Shu Di Huang
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

High fevers.

Blood Heat causing bleeding.

Boils and carbuncles.

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin
Hb. Patriniae
Bai Jiang Cao
Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren

Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Pancreatitis.

Heat entering the Pericardium.

Heat remaining in the Heart channel with sores in the mouth or on the tongue and dark, scanty urine or urinary discomfort.

Gardenia Peel Shan Zhi Pi is combined with the above herbs to treat retained Heat in the Heart channel with darkish urine that is difficult to pass.

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Cx. Moutan
Mu Dan Pi

Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Rz. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Massa Medicata Fermentata
Shen Qu

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Irritability and a short temper.

Depression with irritability.

Constipation.

Talcum
Hua Shi

Hb. Polygoni Avicularis
Bian Xu
Sm. Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi

Rz, Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen
Hb. Cirsii
Xiao Ji
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Hb. sive Rx. Cirsii Japonici
Da Ji
Hb. Cirsii
Xiao Ji
Cacumen Platycladi
Ce Bai Ye

Urinary tract infection.

Hematuria and Blood Lin.

Hematemesis and epistaxis.

Nodus Nelumbinis
Ou Jie
Rz. Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen
Rz. Bletillae
Bai Ji
Cacumen Platycladi
Ce Bai Ye

Water
Rice-wine Vinegar
Egg Whites

 

Hemoptysis.

Zhi Zi powder with the above ingredients, topically for traumatic or sports injuries with bruising, swelling and pain.

 

  1. It treats most Damp-Heat problems because it drains Heat from all three Jiaos especially the Lower Jiao.
  2. The pods are used for their yellow dye.
  3. The flowers Zhi Zi Hua are valued for their fragrance and are used medicinally to regulate the flow of Blood, stop bleeding and as a contraceptive by increasing menstrual flow.
  4. The seeds treat jaundice, rheumatism and twisted muscles.
  5. Some sources say that this herb treats dysphoria.
  6. It is considered to be an essential herb for the treatment of Heat in the chest. It clears Heart and Lung Heat Accumulation by promoting urination.
  7. This herb has been shown to inhibit the activation of cancer cells.
  8. It diminishes Blood Stasis due to Heat Accumulation.
  9. It is combined with Rz. Corydalis Yan Hu Suo, for Stomach pain.
  10. For difficult urination, pound together 2-7 fruits with a little salt and one clove of garlic and apply to the navel or scrotum.
  11. This herb clears Heat when used raw, stops bleeding when dry-fried until black, stops nausea when roasted in ginger juice, clears Internal Heat with its pulp and clears External Heat with its peel.
  12. Gardenia Kernels Shan Zhi Ren is used for Internal Heat.
  13. Gardenia Peels Shan Zhi Pi is used for External Heat (muscles and flesh).
  14. Dry-fried Gardenia Chao Shan Zhi Zi is especially good for reducing rebellious Stomach Qi while clearing Heat agitation.
  15. Charred Gardenia Shan Zhi Zi Tan is used for Heat from Excess or Fire toxin with epistaxis, hemoptysis,hematuria, or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  16. Gardenia Flower Zhi Zi Hua and its extracts are used for their contraceptive effects.