Fructus jujubae belong to the Rhamnaceae family (buckthorn plants)
Chinese dates belong to the medicines that tonify the qi and have a particular effect on the phase of change, or the so-called middle (Orbis lienalis).
Chinese dates strengthen the qi lienale and the qi stomachi (spleen and stomach qi), nourish the blood and calm the mind.
Relevant indications include disorders characterised by a lack of spleen and stomach qi, such as weakness, shortness of breath, lack of appetite and tiredness, unformed faeces and diarrhea.
Fructus jujubae is contained in receptors such as Gui Zhi Tang. Chinese dates, which have a rather neutral temperature and a sweet taste, are generally regarded as having a harmonising effect, as are Radix glycyrrhizae and Rhizoma zingiberis.