Wolfberry fruit (Gouqi)
Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Lycii
Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum L.
Common Name: Wolfberry fruit, Lycium fruit
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
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 of essence.
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 bulb (Chuanbeimu).
Dosage: 5-10 g
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in cases of diarrhea due to deficient spleen.