Gardenia Seed (Zhi Zi) This herb purges heat, disperses fire, dispels damp heat, cools blood, and resolves bruises. Gardenia seed is used for fever with irritability or restlessness and urinary tract infections. It is effective for any bleeding of the mucous membranes, such as the nasal passages, bowels, or the urinary tract. Contraindications: Gardenia should not be used by those who have diarrhea. Dose: 3-12 grams
- Pharmaceutical name: Fructus gardenia jasminoidis Properties and Actions: Cholagogue, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, blood circulation promoter. Properties: Cold, bitter. Organ Meridians affected: Heart, Liver, Gallbladder, Lungs, Stomach, Triple Warmer.