Dream Sand Tea

Yi Guan Acupuncture and Chinese herbalism is proud to offer our own line of medicinal herbal teas designed to taste good and be good for you. Today we’d like to present “Dream Sand” tea for sleep, a mix of powdered ziziphus seed and poria.

Classic formula

This tea is based on the classic formula Suan Zao Ren Tang, dating back to the second century. This formula nourishes the blood, calms the shen (or spirit), clears heat, and eliminates irritability. It was designed for patients whose insomnia is caused by blood deficiency with overwork heat/irritability. The formula is named after its chief ingredient suan zao ren also known as ziziphus seed or sour jujube seed. This herb’s main action is to nourish the heart and liver blood. An assistant herb fu ling, also known as poria mushroom, calms the spirit and drains downward.

Western pharmacology

The active substances in Chinese herbal formulas are not always fully known to modern pharmacological science. But there is data for how suan zao ren achieves its affect. Jujuboside A, a GABA receptor agonist, is the active compound responsible for sedative effects. GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human central nervous system. Jujuboside A works to by stimulating GABA receptors in the brain to decrease excitation, which in this case aids with sleep. Studies have shown that Suan Zao Ren Tang, or even just the jujube seed on its own, has noticeable positive effect on sleep disturbances.

A cup before bed

Like the powder from the Sandman’s pouch, this tea is designed to nourish and settle the shen to help you fall into a restful sleep. The tea visually resembles sand, and has a smooth soothing taste, like a gentle nurturing broth. It is sold as a finely ground powder, and not as loose tea leaves or coarsely ground leaves. The tea is not steeped in a tea bag and later removed, like jasmine tea. But it is dissolved in the water and ingested with the beverage, similar to matcha tea. There is no caffeine in this blend. The opposite in fact; this tea is for sleep. Add 3 grams of the powder (or 1-2 teaspoons) to a cup of boiling water and allow to sit for 10-12 minutes while the water cools.

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Sources:

Nature, Jujuboside A prevents sleep loss-induced disturbance of hippocampal neuronal excitability and memory impairment in young APP/PS1 mice

PubMed, Suan-Zao-Ren Decoction ameliorates synaptic plasticity through inhibition of the Aβ deposition and JAK2/STAT3 signaling pathway in AD model of APP/PS1 transgenic mice

PubMed, Suan Zao Ren Formulae for Insomnia: Updated Clinical Evidence and Possible Mechanisms