Ingredients: Gardenia fruit (zhi zi).
Mandarin: 梔子
Pin-Yin: Zhi Zi
English: Gardenia
Korean: 치자
Romaji: Sanshishi
Kanji: 山梔子
Kampo: No



Pharmaceutical Name:

  • Gardeniae Fructus


  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica (Bensky et al.)


  • Cold, bitter

Channels Entered:

  • Liver, lung, heart, stomach, triple burner

Herb Actions:

  • Clears heat
  • Relieves irritability
  • Dries dampness
  • Cools the blood
  • Relieves toxicity and swelling
  • Unblocks blood stasis


  • Not recommended for those with cold-dampness in the stomach and spleen


Commonly Found In:

  • Gardenia & Vitex Combination, Gardenia & Hoelen Formula, Tang-kuei & Gardenia Combination