Gardenia, also known as Zhi Zi in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries to alleviate a variety of symptoms and promote overall wellness. Its scientific name is Gardeniae Fructus, and it is also commonly referred to simply as Gardenia.
One of the key benefits of Gardenia is its ability to clear heat and drain fire in the body. It is especially effective in treating patterns of heat with strong signs, such as irritability and restlessness. Additionally, Gardenia is used to treat conditions associated with damp heat, such as lower burner damp heat, gall bladder damp heat, and triple burner damp heat. It is also effective in treating blood heat patterns.
To harness the benefits of this powerful herb, Gardenia is taken in a water decocted concentrate form, with a recommended dosage of 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by a practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal glycerites is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Gardenia glycerites can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water, although some people prefer to dilute them into a beverage due to their bitter taste.
Gardenia is known to have a cold property and a bitter taste. It affects the heart, lung, stomach, liver, and triple burner channels in the body. Its main treatment principles include resolving heat toxin, draining heat, eliminating irritability, resolving dampness, cooling blood, resolving toxicity, breaking accumulations, reducing swellings, and moving blood stasis.
While Gardenia is a valuable herb for treating a variety of conditions, it should not be used in cases of cold from deficiency, spleen deficiency, stomach cold from deficiency, appetite-lacking, or loose stools. As with all herbal remedies, it is important to consult with a qualified practitioner before taking Gardenia, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any pre-existing medical conditions. With its numerous health benefits and centuries of traditional use, Gardenia is a valuable addition to any wellness regimen.