Information about the herb Zizyphus

Zizyphus jujuba var spinosa, also known as Sour Chinese Date is part of the Rhamnaceae plant family. Zizyphus originates from the Middle East.

General Information

Botanical Name: Zizyphus jujuba var spinosa

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae

Common name: Sour Chinese Date, Suan Zao Ren

History: It is used in Chinese Medicine

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Plant Constituents of Zizyphus



  • Jujuboside A
  • Jujuboside B


  • Fixed Oil
  • Volatile Oil

Usage of Zizyphus

Medicinal Parts Used: Seed

Zizyphus is used for:

Brain and Nervous System Conditions

  • irritability
  • insomnia due to anxiety and nervous exhaustion

In anxiety sufferers it:

  • improves mood
  • improves performance
  • decreases sympathetic nervous system symptoms

Cardiovascular Conditions

  • hypertension
  • palpitations


  • excessive sweating
  • night sweats
  • prolonging survival after burns

Other Uses:

  • Chinese Date is an edible fruit belonging to the variety Zizyphus vulgaris


Recommended dosage is as follows:

  • 40-80mL per week of 1:2 fluid extract

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Drug Interactions:

Do not use Zizyphus without first talking to your practitioner or healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications:

  • None indicated


Global Herbal Supplies has Zizyphus available in the following forms:

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