Gardenia Fruit; Cape Jasmine Fruit ;Happiness Fruit
With potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, cape jasmine fruit extract and other derivatives have a long history of effective (though largely unstudied) use as general fever-, pain-, and swelling-reducers. Some of the most specific uses include the treatment of canker sores, sore throat, swollen gums, and other mild oral conditions. Plus, these supplements (when ingested rather than just used for a mouthwash) may also have a gastro-protective effect, helping treat and control the discomfort associated with the symptoms of peptic ulcers.
More recent research has also found that Gardenia extract may have antidepressant effects and shows promise for reducing the symptoms of depression (namely fatigue and despair) through regular food supplementation. What’s more, taking oral cape jasmine fruit supplements may also improve cognitive performance, learning, and memory. Some research even suggests that Gardenia extracts may offer some protection against enterovirus and other viral illnesses, as well as drug-resistant bacterial infections, though much more research is needed to verify the extent of these benefits.
Gardenia fruit is one of the most powerful heat-clearing herbs in the Chinese materia medica. It works on both inflammation and fever, deficient heat and excess heat. It is categorized as an herb that Clears Heat and Drains Fire. The herb is classified as cold in temperature, bitter in taste and goes to a wide variety of meridians: the Heart, Liver, Lung, Spleen and San Jiao (metabolism.) TCM attributes gardenia with “cooling off” irritability.
PREPARATION & ADMINISTRATION
Gardenia supplements (made from the whole, stemless fruit) come in many different forms. You can purchase the whole, dried fruit (best used for decoctions) as well as in crushed, powdered, encapsulated, and extracted forms. Each of these preparations is useable as either oral or topical therapies, though much more anecdotal and empirical support exists for oral uses.
Recent research suggests that Gardenia supplements may significantly affect the performance of clozapine in the treatment of schizophrenia. What’s more, Gardenia supplements are not recommended in large doses or for long term durations, as doing so may increase your risk of liver damage. For short-term and low doses, the most likely side-effect is diarrhea, as Gardenia supplements and derivatives often have a diuretic and laxative effect.
You should consult with a certified herbalist, physician or other qualified healthcare professional before taking Gardenia.
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