Hawthorn Berry 山楂

Common Chinese Name: 山楂 Shan Zha

Scientific Name: Fructus Crataegi

Common Form: Dried fruit (most common in TCM, shown in picture) or fresh fruit

TCM Five Flavors:  Sour, Sweet

TCM Energetics: Slightly Warm

Nutritional Science:

  • Nutrients: rich source of polyphenols (antioxidant)

  • Function: prevent hair loss, improve heart function, relieve shortness of breath and fatigue, lower cholesterol and blood pressure

TCM Benefits:

  • Invigorates the stomach

  • Activates blood and resolve stasis

  • Alleviates diarrhea

  • Resolves food accumulation and stimulate appetite

  • Promotes digestion

Cooking Suggestions:

  • Make tea with dried fruit

  • Traditionally, the fresh berries are covered with malt sugar to make a traditional street-side snack called Tang Hu Lu 糖葫芦 in northern China


Generally very safe. Use with caution in cases with gastritis or peptic ulcers or spleen/stomach Qi deficiency.

Written by Five Seasons TCM

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