Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Crataegi
Common English: Crataegus Fruit
Hawthorn Fruit
Hawthorn Berry
Asian Hawthorn Fruit
Mountain Hawthorn
Herbs That Relieve Food Stagnation (Digestives)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Warm
30-120g when used alone
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Reduces and guides out Food Stagnation and transforms accumulations

Accumulation of meats or greasy foods (proteins and fats) with abdominal distention, pain or diarrhea

Transforms Blood Stasis, invigorates Blood circulation and dissipates clumps

Postpartum abdominal pain and clumps due to Blood Stasis

Hernial disorders (hernia)

Stops diarrhea

Diarrhea in chronic dysentery-like disorders (toasted)

Treats hypertension, elevated serum cholesterol and coronary artery disease

Hypertension, elevated serum cholesterol, angina and coronary artery disease

  • Use caution for those with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency with no Food Stagnation.
  • Use caution for those with acid regurgitation.
  • Large doses are contraindicated in pregnancy (can lead to fetal death).
  • Concurrent use of Shan Zha and digoxin (Lanoxin) should be monitored carefully to avoid possible side effects.

Fr. Hordei Germinatus
Mai Ya
Massa Fermentata
Shen Qu

Fr. Hordei Germinatus
Mai Ya
Massa Medicata Fermentata
Shen Qu

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke

Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke


Abdominal distention, belching, diarrhea and anorexia due to Food Stagnation.

Childhood nutritional impairment due to improper breast feeding.

Abdominal distention, belching, and anorexia due to Food Stagnation with more intense symptoms such as pain.

Childhood nutritional impairment due to improper breast feeding with more intense symptoms such as pain.

Epigastric and abdominal distention.

Rx. Aucklandia
Mu Xiang
Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou
Sm. Lablab
Bai Bian Dou

Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
Rx. Angelica Sinensis
Dang Gui
Hb. Leonuri
Yi Mu Cao


Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen


Abdominal distention and pain, diarrhea, and dysenteric disorders. (Dry-fry Shan Zha before decocting )

Menstrual pain and postpartum lower abdominal pain due to Blood Stasis.

Painful obstruction of the chest due to Blood Stasis in the Heart channel.

Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang
Sm. Citri Rubrum
Ju He

Sm. Raphani
Lai Fu Zi
Massa Fermentata
Shen Qu

Massa Medicata Fermentata
Shen Qu

Hernial disorders with testicular pain and swelling associated with prolapse.

Reduces Stagnation and accumulation caused by overindulgence in food and drinks of all types.

General indigestion and Food Stagnation.

Rx. Aucklandia
Mu Xiang
Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke

Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi
Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu
Massa Medicata Fermentata
Shen Qu
Flos Carthami
Hong Hua

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Rx. Puerariae
Ge Gen

Indigestion with abdominal distention and pain.

Phlegm and Food Stagnation with palpable masses in the abdomen.


Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen

Rx. Ilicis Pubescentis
Mao Dong Qing

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen

Rx. Notoginseng
San Qi
Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo

Sm. Cassiae
Jue Ming Zi
Rz. seu Hb. Gynostemmatis
Jiao Gu Lan

Coronary artery disease.



  1. This herb is best for Food Stagnation related to overindulgence of meat (proteins and fats).
  2. This is an important herb for transforming Stagnant Blood.
  3. This herb inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
  4. It enters the Qi level to open constrained Phlegm clumps.
  5. Its nature is especially harmonious and calm.
  6. This herb increases digestive juices and Fluids.
  7. It increases the appetite.
  8. It helps contract the uterus after birth.
  9. It treats epigastric distention, amenorrhea, hernia Qi pain and chest Bi.
  10. For indigestion and abdominal pain, use 10g of charred Shan Zha as an herbal powder.
  11. Dry-fried Crataegus Chao Shan Zha enhances its ability to reduce Food Stagnation and guide out obstruction and gives it the ability to stop diarrhea for obstruction of the Spleen/Stomach coupled with overeating.
  12. Prepared Crataegus Zhi Shan Zha prevents injury to the Blood or normal Qi.
  13. Carbonized Crataegus Shan Zha Tan more easily transforms Stagnation and stops bleeding and is often used for postpartum abdominal pain, prolonged lochia and red dysenteric disorders.
  14. Folium Crataegi Shan Zha Ye promotes circulation, normalizes Heart rhythm, reduces the likelihood and severity of angina attacks and prevents cardiac complications in elderly patients who have influenza and pneumonia. Crataegus leaf extract is taken orally to relieve chronic Heart conditions, primarily congestive Heart failure, but also angina and arrhythmias. It may also help to lower Blood pressure. dilate vessels to the Heart and improve Blood flow.
  15. Both Shan Zha and Endothelium Corneum Gigeriae Galli Ji Nei Jin strongly reduce Food Stagnation. Shan Zha reduces accumulated blockage due to over consumption of meat, moving Qi and breaking up Blood Stasis and is used for amenorrhea, bulging disorders, and chest pain due to obstructive Stagnation, while Ji Nei Jin treats all types of Food Stagnation, strengthens the Stomach, stops enuresis and dissolves stones.