Suan Zao Ren: A Chinese Herbal Root for Tranquility and Wellness

by Dr. Eric Karchmer, PhD, MD (China), LAc |

Suan Zao Ren: A Chinese Herbal Root for Tranquility and Wellness

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, Suan Zao Ren, also known as the "sour jujube seed" or Ziziphus Jujuba, holds a revered position for its incredible health and wellness properties. For centuries, this simple herbal root has been used to "promote tranquility", enhance sleep, and support overall well-being. As part of the herb series, we take a deeper dive into what Suan Zao Ren is, where it comes from, and like many Chinese herbs, the remarkable benefits it offers.

What is Suan Zao Ren?

Suan Zao Ren is the seed of the Ziziphus jujuba fruit, a small deciduous tree native to China and other Asian countries. The seed has a sour taste and is often used in its dried form for medicinal purposes. Within Chinese Medicine theory, Suan Zao Ren is classified as a "Yin nourishing herb", meaning it helps to replenish and balance the Yin energy, which is associated with coolness, rest, and calmness.

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What Does Suan Zao Ren Do?

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, Suan Zao Ren and the benefits one might experience from including it in their wellness routine, the benefits can be many, manifesting themselves in a sense of peace and calm

  1. Promotes Restful Sleep: One of the most well-known benefits of Suan Zao Ren is its ability to promote restful and uninterrupted sleep. For individuals suffering from disrupted, inconsistent or restlessness sleep, Suan Zao Ren can be a natural alternative to aid in achieving a good night's sleep.

  2. Calms the Mind: In our crazy world and stressful world, finding calm and tranquility can be a challenge. Suan Zao Ren has a soothing effect on the mind, helping to reduce anxiety and ease nervous tension.

  3. Relieves Irritability: If you often find yourself feeling irritable or moody, Suan Zao Ren may be the answer. By nourishing the "Yin energy", this herbal root can bring balance to emotions and foster a more serene state of mind.

  4. Supports the Heart: According to Chinese Medicine Theory, the heart is considered the seat of consciousness and emotions. Suan Zao Ren helps to nourish the heart, fostering emotional well-being and improving overall heart health.

  5. Enhances Memory and Concentration: Beyond its calming effects, Suan Zao Ren is believed to improve memory and enhance mental clarity. It can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating.

"The Roots" of Suan Zao Ren Root: Where Does it Come From?

Suan Zao Ren has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. It is primarily cultivated in China, where traditional herbalists have valued its medicinal properties for generations.

The process of harvesting and preparing Suan Zao Ren involves careful drying and preservation to ensure its potency and effectiveness.

General Benefits of Suan Zao Ren
  • Natural Sleep Support: Suan Zao Ren's gentle sedative properties make it an excellent natural sleep aid without the potential side effects of pharmaceutical sleep medications.

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  • Non-Habit Forming: Unlike some sleep aids, Suan Zao Ren is non-habit forming, making it a safe option for long-term use.

  • Holistic Wellness: By addressing imbalances in the body's energy system, Suan Zao Ren offers a holistic approach to well-being, promoting harmony between mind and body.

Incorporating Suan Zao Ren into Your Wellness (and Sleep!) Routine

While the Suan Zao Ren would be available from an herbal pharmacy on an "individual" basis, it's easy to experience the benefits when incorporated into an herbal formula, with the other herbs helping enhance the benefits.  One such formula is Gui Pi Tang, and incredible combination of 14 herbs (among them Suan Zao Ren) which among several benefits, helps with sleep, focus, and providing a sense of calm.  

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DAO Labs offers Gui Pi Tang through our Mental Tranquility formula, which incorporates Suan Zao Ren and 11 other herbs for improved, uninterrupted sleep, better mental focus, less stress in the night and more.  It's paired with a refreshing dark cherry flavor combination that mixes easily with water and can be enjoyed during the day, and before bed.  

The "secret ingredient?": Suan Zao Ren

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Care Consideration: Just a reminder that the above information is not a substitute for medical care and is not a substitute for medical advice or recommendations  from a healthcare provider.  This information is not intended to treat, mitigate or cure any disease.  That said, we encourage you to connect with an Acupuncturist in your community to learn more about this and other Traditional Chinese Medicine options.  If you’ve got questions about Chinese herbal medicine or getting started with an Acupuncturist, feel free to connect with us on

Dr. Eric Karchmer is a practicing Chinese medical doctor, medical anthropologist, and co-founder and Chief Doctor of Chinese Medicine for DAO Labs. From 1995-2000, Eric studied at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and today is both a licensed acupuncturist and professor at Appalachian State University. Eric can be reached at

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