The Jujube (Red Date, or Chinese Date) is a small tree or shrub in the buckthorn family. Jujube is one of the worlds oldest fruits, used in Chinese medicine for 4000 years. The Jujube Date is a sweet fruit that has traditionally been used for medical purposes. It is typically used for: weakness, fatigue, debility, restlessness. The herb contains vitamins A, B-2, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron and complex sugars. This herb is considered to nourish both the blood and the energy, it also promotes healthy liver function, provides sexual enhancement and boosts energy.
Jujube date supplement research studies, side effects and uses, health benefit Semen Ziziphi Spinosae extract – Feb 20 2014 by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
The Jujube tree originated in China where it has been cultivated for several thousand years. Now, the jujube tree can be found around the globe, including the southwestern part of the United States. The fresh jujube fruit is highly desired by many cultures and available in Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Indian stores. Jujube date has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia.
Jujube ( Zizyphus jujuba or Semen Ziziphi Spinosae ) is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Jujube is promoted as having a calming effects. In China, Jujube is known as Suan Zao Ren.
What’s in Jujube herb?
A number of compounds are present in jujube, including saponins, jujubosides and triterpenoic acids.
Brain and mental influence – Biomol Ther (Seoul). 2013.
Ethanolic Extract of the Seed of Zizyphus jujuba var. spinosa Ameliorates Cognitive Impairment Induced by Cholinergic Blockade in Mice.
J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Feb 12.
A Standardized Extract of the Fruit of Ziziphus jujuba Induces Neuronal Differentiation of Cultured PC12 Cells: A Signaling Mediated by Protein Kinase A. These results support the use of jujube as a food supplement for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases in which neurotrophin deficiency is involved.
Anti-complementary Activity of Triterpenoides from Fruits of Zizyphus jujuba. – Biol Pharm Bull. 2004.
In order to determine on the anti-complement activity of triterpenes, following eleven triterpenoides were isolated from the fruits of the jujube: ceanothane-type triterpenes: colubrinic acid, zizyberenalic acid; lupane-type triterpenes: alphitolic acid, alphitolic acid, betulinic acid, betulonic acid; and oleanane-type triterpenes: maslinic acid, oleanolic acid, oleanonic acid. These jujube compounds were examined for their anti-complement activity against the classical pathway of the complement system. Among them, some exhibited significant anti-complement activity, whereas the ceanothane-type and the lupane-type triterpenes were inactive. This suggests that the oleanane-structure plays an important role in inhibiting the hemolytic activity of human serum against erythrocytes.
Protection of NMDA-induced neuronal cell damage by methanol extract of Zizyphi Spinosi Semen in cultured rat cerebellar granule cells. – J Ethnopharmacol. 2004.
Jujube is one of the herbs widely used in Korea and China due to the CNS calming effect. The present study aims to investigate the effect of the methanol extract of Zizyphi Spinosi Semen, the seeds of Zizyphus jujuba Mill var. spinosa ( jujube ), on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced neurotoxicity in cultured rat cerebellar granule neuron. Jujube inhibited NMDA-induced neuronal cell death. These results suggest that jujube prevents NMDA-induced neuronal cell damage in vitro.
How does Jujube work?
Compounds in the herb, called jujubosides, have inhibitory effects on glutamate-mediated excitatory signal pathway in the hippocampus and probably act through their anti- calmodulin action.
Jujube Tree Information
The jujube tree probably originated in China where it has been cultivated for several thousand years. The plants were taken beyond Asia centuries ago and today grow to some extent in northern Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East and southwestern United States. The jujube tree provides the jujube date which is actually tasty. The jujube date taste is a cross between an apple and a date. The jujube fruit can be made into candy. I do not know if jujube tree seed has medicinal benefits.
From “Alleviation of Sexual Dysfunction in Elderly through Tonification of Kidney Yang” by Dr. L. B. Hsia
Academic Medical Center, Rosemead, CA
Kidney yang deficiency is regarded as a cause of sexual dysfunction in elders in traditional Chinese medicine (T.C.M.). Tonification of kidney yang is the classic treatment for sexual dysfunction of older people, although it is not always effective. Some cases could be exacerbated by treatments to tonify kidney yang if large doses were given over long periods of time. Therefore, all cases must be treated and monitored according the TCM theory to analyze symptoms. Contraindicated are warm dryness medicines for patients with kidney yin conformations, and bitter cool medicines for patients with kidney yang conformations.
Acupuncture can be used as a supplement.
Many formulas are used for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in elders here, a few classic formulas will be discussed in this paper.
Classic formulas used for treating sexual dysfunction in elder male.
Most problems in attaining and maintaining erections belong to either kidney yang deficiency is applied for the Lycium Formula or Cuscuta Formula, and for heart and spleen deficiency while Longan and Bupleurum Combination or Ginseng Combination (Table 1) is used.
Table 1. Classic Formulas For Treating Erectile Dysfunction
Type A (Kidney Yang Deficiency): Dizziness, lassitude in loins and legs, weakness, aversion to cold, cold limbs
Tonification of kidney yang
Lycium Formula: rehmannia (cooked), lycium fruit, dioscorea, hoelen, cistanche, fennel, morinda, eucommia, achyranthes, schizandra, polygala, acorus, jujube, broussonetia, cornus
Cuscuta Formula: rehmannia (cooked), tang-kuei, eucommia, morinda, cistanche, epimedium, cnidium fruit, cinnamon, atractylodes (white), lycium fruit, curculigo cornus, leek, aconite
Type B (Heart and Spleen Deficiency): Fatigue, shortness of breath, isonia, loss of appetite
Tonification of heart and spleen
Longan and Bupleurum Combination: tang-kuei, codonopsis, astragalus, atractylodes (white), fu-shen, zizyphus, longan, saussurea, licorice, polygala, ginger, jujube
Ginseng Combination: ginseng, licorice, tang-tuei, peony, rehmannia (cooked), cinnamon, jujube, astragalus, atractylodes, hoelen, schizandra, polygala, citrus, ginger.