What is Zizyphus?
Zizyphus spinosa (red date) is a herb used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for its calming effect on the nerves and mind. Its common name ‘red date’ refers to its similar appearance and taste to the date palm. From a Chinese medicine perspective, Zizyphus nourishes the heart and calms the shen (spirit), thus assisting with symptoms of ‘shen disturbance’ like irritability, poor sleep with a tendency to wake easily.
The calming effect of zizyphus is believed to be especially beneficial for women and is used in TCM to relieve irritability, temperature imbalance, which are frustrating symptoms associated with the onset of menopause.
Why your body needs Zizyphus?
Many of us experience periods of sleeplessness where we just can’t seem to switch off our restless mind and may need a little natural assistance. Because of its traditional use in Chinese herbal medicine as a mild calming agent, zizyphus may be helpful in supporting a good night’s sleep. Zizyphus may help you fall asleep and stay asleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day ahead.
Zizyphus may also be beneficial for women going through the natural transition of menopause.