Zi Cao - 紫草 - Arnebia/Lithospermum Root

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Full-spectrum, water-based herbal extract; concentrated 5:1; granules (100g/bottle).

Chinese Name: 紫草, Zi Cao
English Name: Arnebia/Lithospermum Root
Latin Name: Arnebiae/Lithospermi Radix
Certifications: Kosher, Halal
Properties: Sweet, salty, slightly sour, cold
Functions: Cools blood, invigorates blood, resolves toxin, outthrusts measles
Available in: 100g granules

What is Zi Cao?

Zi Cao, or Arnebia/Lithospermum Root, is a sweet, salty, slightly sour, cold herb, and is categorized as “cool blood” herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

What are the benefits of Zi Cao?

Zi Cao is known for three main therapeutic actions: cooling the blood and relieving toxins, clearing damp-heat from the skin, and moistening the intestines to unblock the bowels.

TCM practitioners may incorporate Zi Cao in formulas for conditions including hematuria (blood in the urine), eczema, measles, and constipation caused by heat in the blood.

What is the dosage and method for taking Zi Cao?

Zi Cao is generally taken as part of a balanced formula in conjunction with other herbs. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions, as the dosage can vary based on your condition and response to treatment.

Zi Cao may be taken in capsule form or loose granules. Granules dissolve best in very hot water.

When can I expect to see results?

Zi Cao typically starts to take effect within days. However, like all treatments, its efficacy can vary from person to person.

Does Zi Cao have any side effects?

While Zi Cao is generally considered safe for most people, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Women who are pregnant, nursing, or postpartum as well as people with liver disease, should avoid or use Zi Cao with caution.

As with any Chinese herb, we recommend consulting with a qualified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) about Zi Cao before any course of treatment is started. 

Where to buy Zi Cao

For practitioners, Treasure of the East offers full-spectrum Zi Cao granules in 100g bottles.

If you’re a consumer looking to purchase Zi Cao, look for suppliers who provide clear information about the product's origin, purity, and testing procedures to ensure you're getting a high-quality product. Please read Where to Buy Chinese Herbs Safely for more tips on how to source herbs safely.

Zi Cao from Treasure of the East is:
✔️ ISO Lab Tested & GMP Certified
✔️ Bio-Authentic with Full Traceability
✔️ Sustainably Sourced from Dao Di Farms

Treasure of the East’s herbal extracts are full-spectrum, water-based extracts produced by Tianjiang Pharmaceutical. Unlike standardized extracts, which contain a concentrated quantity of a single marker chemical, full-spectrum herbal extracts contain all the active chemical constituents of whole herbs in concentrated form.  Treasure of the East herbs are full-spectrum and extracted using only purified water (more information).

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