Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Lycii
Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum L.
Common Name: Wolfberry fruit, Lycium fruit
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao
Part Used: The ripe fruit is gathered
in the period around the Summer Solstice (tenth
solar term), and then it is dried in the shade.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet and neutral
Meridians: Liver, kidney and lung
1. To tonify kidneys and promote the production
2. To nourish the liver and brighten the eyes;
3. To moisten the lungs
1. Deficient yin of the liver and kidneys
manifested as dizziness, blurred vision and
decreased eyesight. Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi)
is used with Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua)
and Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang) in
the formula Qiju Dihuang Wan.
2. Deficient yin of the liver and kidneys
manifested as soreness of the lower back and
knees and nocturnal emissions. Wolfberry fruit
(Gouqizi) is used with Prepared rehmannia
root (Shudihuang) and Asparagus root (Tianmendong).
3. Deficient yin of the lungs manifested
as cough. Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi) is used
with Ophiopogon root (Maidong), Anemarrhena
rhizome (Zhimu) and Tendrilled fritillary
Dosage: 5-10 g
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in cases of diarrhea
due to deficient spleen.