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Daniel C. Luthi, N.E., C.D.C., Nutritionist & Chinese Herbalist 

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Fructus Lycium

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Terminology by the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute


Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute, PO Box 579, Hot Springs, Montana [59845] USA

Technical terminology unique to TCM herbalists is used in describing each entry; complete understanding of such terminology requires professional training. With this precaution in mind, the information should be useful to a broad range of users. The database includes information about botanical classification, dosage, contraindications, preparation, physiological notes, and traditional Chinese clinical indications.


 Mandarin:  gou~ qi~ zi~

 Common Name:  wolfberry fruit

 Botanical Family:  Solanaceae

 Botanical Name:  1, Lycium chinensis Mill; 2, L. barbarum L


 Primary Category:  Tonify Blood

 Secondary Categories:  Tonify Yin

 Thermal:  neutral

 Taste:  sweet

 Organs/Meridians:  Lv; Kd



 --Nourishes and tonifies Yin and Blood of Liver and Kidneys; especially for chronic

 symptoms of sore lower back and legs, mild persistent abdominal pain, impotence,

 nocturnal spermatorrhea, Wasting and Thirsting syndrome, and consumptive disorders

 --Benefits Essence and brightens the eyes; used for dizziness, blurred vision, and

 diminished acuity.



 --Deficiency of Kidney Yin

 --Deficiency of Liver Blood

 --Deficiency of Liver Yin

 --Wasting and Thirsting syndrome


 Cautions:  Contraindicated in Exterior Excess Heat.;

 Contraindicated in Spleen Deficiency with Dampness.; Use cautiously if Interior Heat is present.


 Dosage:  2-5 qian

 Toxicity:  Relatively safe.

 Preparation:  Presoak at least 1 hr. in warm water, then simmer 60-120 min. Drink decoction; in addition, the

 cooked herb is edible