Black dates, also known as South Jujube Dates (nán zǎo; 南枣), are fresh Chinese dates that have been smoked. They are warming in nature, aid in tonifying Qi, and are said to have a stronger tonic effect on the body than fresh red dates. They are especially good for women and during postpartum recovery.
● Tonifies the spleen and stomach
● Nourishes kidneys and liver to support the reproductive system
● Replenishes Qi and blood
● Improves blood circulation
● Alleviates spleen Qi deficiency symptoms such as loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools or diarrhea, palpitations, insomnia, and restlessness.
● Treats anaemia caused by blood deficiency
● Calms the mind, thereby relieving anxiety and improving sleep
● Supports postpartum recovery
Black dates are commonly added to teas and herbal soups. Some common herbs that can be combined with black dates (南枣) include Dǎng shēn (党参), Běi qí (北芪), Dāng guī (当归), Shú dì huáng (熟地黄), Gān cǎo (甘草), and Wǔ wèi zi (五味子).
How to make a nourishing dǎng shēn tea (党参茶):
Rinse herbs before use. Cut red and black dates into halves and remove their seeds before use. Add 40g Dǎng shēn (党参), 20 red dates (红枣), 3 black dates (南枣), and 10 dried longans into 1.5 litres of water. Bring to a boil and let it simmer under low heat for one hour. Add in a handful of wolfberries in the last 5 minutes of cooking. Serve it warm. (Serving size: 3 to 4)
This healthy tea helps tonify Qi, replenish blood, and promote anti-aging. Suitable as a daily drink during confinement, or once every fortnight on normal days.
Best kept refrigerated
In TCM, Qi and blood formation are supported by healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients — which are governed by the spleen and stomach. Overworking, irregular eating, poor dietary habits such as consuming cold or raw foods, and stress can weaken the spleen, thereby affecting Qi and blood.
Having a good flow of Qi and blood is vital in promoting good health. It is believed that blood and Qi are closely linked — blood produces Qi and Qi promotes blood circulation. When there is blood deficiency in the body, it may manifest physically as a pale complexion, heart palpitations, headache, dizziness and breathlessness. Blood deficiency in the heart may also lead to sleep issues such as insomnia and dream-disturbed sleep.
The information above serves as a general guide only. Please consult a licensed TCM practitioner for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Black Dates (nán zǎo; 南枣)