Chinese Medicine and Goji Berries

In Asia goji berries are well-known nutritious fruit. It is believed that this attitude has been greatly influenced by Chinese medicine which has used goji berries for a few thousand years. In China goji berries are often linked in Chinese lore to Shen Nung (Shennong), China's legendary First Emperor, mythical father of agriculture, and herbalist who lived circa 2,800 BC.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes goji berries can enhance immune system function, improve eyesight, protect the liver, boost sperm production and improve circulation, among other effects. In TCM terms, goji berries are sweet in taste and neutral in nature. They act on the liver, lungs, and kidneys and enrich yin. In China, people who usually work in front computers are always advised to have herbal tea made by dried goji berries and chrysanthemum. This is because goji berries are very good to our eyes. Usually if somebody has back pain, the herbal medicine which Chinese doctors prescribe almost definitely include goji berries, because back pain is usually related to the strength of one's kidney, whereas goji berries are good at strengthening our kindneys. If a man suffers from sexual impotency, then goji berries will appear in his herbal medicine. It is same case with a medicine for treating premature ejaculation. In addition, Chinese doctors usually use goji berries to treat infertility as well. These are all because goji berries can make our kidneys strong.

Goji berries leaves may be used to make tea and Lycium root bark for TCM treatment of inflammatory and some types of skin diseases. A glucopyranoside and phenolic amides isolated from goji root bark have inhibitory activity in vitro against human pathogenic bacteria and fungi.

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