The Spine Date Seed or Chinese Sleeping Elixir,What is Semen Ziziphi Spinosa?
- Brief Info and Botanical Description.
- Name Identification.
- Phytochemicals and Constituents.
- Research of Zizyphus spinosa seed.
- Traditional Theory of Insomia due to fatigue.
- Wild Jujube Seed:A Liver-Healthy Anti-Anxiety Herb,An Excellent Choice for Kava Replacement.
- Wild jujube seed helps to sleep well:Mechanism.
- Indication of Jujube Seed:A liver-healthy anti-anxiety Herb.
- How Search engine think about Jujube.
- Research Update:Zizyphus spinosa.
Wild Jujube Seed:A Liver-Healthy Anti-Anxiety Herb,An Excellent Choice for Kava Replacement.:
It's estimated that while 10% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia, fully 50% experience significant insomnia at some time, originating from emotional upsets, pain, or physical disorders.
While some people turn to drugs or alcohol, which often exacerbates the problem, others find help through meditation or exercise. Those consumers in-the-know are finding healthy solutions on the herbal products shelf as well. However, there has been some negative press recently about kava kava, one of the most widely used herbs for relaxation. It seems that there is some possibility of its role in a few cases of liver damage, although the brevity of the adverse event reports has left many insiders with questions about the quality of the evidence. Even so, the bad press has damaged kava's reputation and left many manufacturers to consider alternatives.
It has recently been discovered that Valerian, another commonly used relaxation herb, may also negatively impact liver health in specific cases.
Wild Jujube seed is a very interesting solution to this problem. The herb has been highly regarded by the Chinese for centuries for its excellent relaxation properties and extremely low toxicity, yet has remained for the most part undiscovered by western consumers. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Wild Jujube seed is the most popular sedative herb, calming the heart and spirit, and reinforcing liver yin. That is, it actually enhances liver function in the process of reducing anxiety..
This clearly represents a new and exciting possibility for consumers looking for a supplement that calms, relaxes, reduces stress, promotes sleep, and is not just safe, but beneficial for the liver. For herbal products manufacturer's this also represents a terrific marketing opportunity to fill an important niche, one that is currently occupied by herbs like Kava and Valerian.
Kava is currently under fire for its role in about 25 adverse event reports of liver damage. The reports, however, show no conclusive evidence that Kava is actually at cause in any one of the cases. There may be other reasons to consider adding an alternative to Kava to your product line, though. First, Kava has a history of ritual and recreational use. Many of its users are not taking it medicinally for purposes of healing or even symptomatic relief. Second, long term use of kava is known to cause ichthyosis, a pathological skin condition characterized by scaly skin with lesions. It is thought that this may be due to an interference with cholesterol metabolism.
Wild Jujube seed has a calming sedative effect on the user's mental state, but the effect is distinct from that of Kava. Wild Jujube is a safe herb that simply does not present itself as one that would be used recreationally.
The Wild Jujube herb is the seed from the fruit of the subspecies Zizyphus jujuba var. spinosa (also spelled Ziziphus), which is a spiny deciduous tree native to East Asia. The seed is removed from the ripe drupe collected during late autumn and early winter and is dried in the sun. "Sour Date Seed" or "Suanzaoren" is believed in Traditional Chinese Medicine to be the best herb in the TCM repertoire for calming disturbed "shen" (spirit) with symptoms of nervous exhaustion, fatigue, irritability, and insomnia. Classified as a nutritive sedative, it calms the mind, relaxes and nourishes muscles, nourishes the blood, spleen and liver, helps to conserve energy, and is analgesic.
Scientific studies with animals have shown Wild Zizyphus seed to have anti-anxiety and hypnotic effects, causing a reduction in the speed of conditioned reflexes, a reduction in hyperactivity, and a lowering of blood pressure. Oral administration of the decoction of the herb prolonged sodium pentobarbital induced sleep in mice and significantly caused a subthreshold dose of sodium thiopental to induce anesthesia in rabbits. In human clinical studies, a significant tranquilizing effect of Zizyphus was found to measurably potentiate the concurrent administration of tranquilizing drugs.
Other effects of Wild Jujube seed augment its calming and sleep inducing effects, revealing potential for additional product applications. Because of its muscle relaxing effects, the herb is sometimes used as an anticonvulsant. Animal studies have demonstrated it effectiveness in reducing pain sensation and increasing pain tolerance, further substantiating its use as an analgesic. The herb could be useful in products for arthritis, backache, headache or any type of pain that interferes with sleep. In addition, for those with hypertension, Wild Jujube seed has been shown to produce significant, persistent and prolonged reductions in blood pressure.
The phytocompounds found in significant quantities in Wild Jujube seed are triterpene saponins, jujubosides A and B, flavone glycosides, and ferulic acid. The triterpene constituents include betulinic acid, betulin, ceanothic acid, alphitolic acid and daucosterol. The fleshy fruit surrounding the seed also contains triterpene saponins and has sedative effects, but the effects are milder than those from the seed.
Wild Jujube can be used alone or in the context of a formula. The renowned TCM Zizyphus formula, "Suanzaoren Tang", containing calming herbs like Poria cocos, has been confirmed scientifically in its ability to treat insomnia and restlessness.
While Wild Jujube Seed is the true star of Chinese herbal sedatives, product developers seeking alternatives should be careful not to overlook Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), which contains among the highest levels of naturally occurring melatonin, and has constituents that bind to benzodiazepine receptors (Xanax?, Valium?, or Restoril? are tranquilizers of the benzodiazepine class). Another powerful relaxing and adaptogenic herb is "shen" tonic Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum).
- 1.The Spine Date Seed or Chinese Sleeping Elixir,What is Semen Ziziphi Spinosa?
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