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Zhi Zi Chi Tang is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Cape Jasmine Fruits (Zhi Zi) as a principal ingredient.
Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Qi-level Heat. Its main actions are: 1) clears Heat and 2) alleviates restlessness and irritability.
In Chinese Medicine health conditions are thought to arise due to "disharmonies" in the body as a system. These disharmonies are called "patterns" and the very purpose of herbal formulas is to fight them in order to restore the body's harmony.
From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as insomnia, night terrors or neuroses for instance.
On this page, after a detailed description of each of the two ingredients in Zhi Zi Chi Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Zhi Zi Chi Tang helps treat.
Zhi Zi is a king ingredient in Zhi Zi Chi Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried ripe fruit
Dan Dou Chi is a deputy ingredient in Zhi Zi Chi Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.
Part used: Fermented preparation obtain from the ripe bean
Dan Dou Chi supports the key herb by dispersing what remains of the Heat via the body's Exterior. Compared to the key herb, its cooling action is rather weak. Instead, its ability to disseminate stagnant Heat is derived from its power to dredge, vent, and spread.
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