art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:
The ripe fruit is gathered at the beginning of autumn and dried in the sun.
Properties and Taste:
Sweet and warm
Spleen and stomach
To replenish qi in the middle jiao (spleen and stomach) To nourish the blood and soothe the mind To moderate the action of herbs
Indications and Combinations:
1. Weakness of the spleen and stomach manifested as lassitude, poor appetite and lose stool. *Use with Ginseng (Renshen) and White atractylodes (Baizhu).
2. Hysteria manifested as grief, weeping and sighing. *Use with Licorice root (Gancao) and Light wheat (Fuxiaomai) in the formula Gan Mai Dazao Tang.
3. Moderating the action of other herbs. *Use with Peking spurge root (Daji), Kansui root (Gansui) and Genkwa flower (Yuanhua) in the formula Shizao Tang.
3-12 g, or 10-30 g
This herb is contraindicated in conditions of excessive dampness, epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness, retention of food, intestinal parasites, pain of decayed teeth and cough due to phlegm-heat.