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Monday, 25 May 2020

Chinese Medicine stories : Lycii Fructus (Gou Qi Zi)

Lycii Fructus (Gou Qi Zi)

Lycii Fructus (Gou Qi Zi) is known as the wolfberry or goji berry, the fruits of Lycium barbarum and is used as a traditional Chinese herbal medicine and functional food in daily life.

In an ancient Chinese medical book <Tai Ping Sheng Hui Fang>, there was a story about Gou Qi (Lycium barbarum). A civil service officer went on business trip to Ning Xia province. He saw that teenage girl was beating an old man aged 80-90; the old man didn’t defend himself but accepted it by nodding his head. Then the officer went to ask why? The young lady said that this old man was her great grandson. Because he didn’t listen to her advice and he looked so old with grey hair and fallen teeth in such a young age; it was why she was beating him. The officer asked ‘how old were you?’ she said ‘I was over 375 year old’. The officer was shocked and asked why she looked so young? She said, ‘I ate Gou Qi everyday: young leaves in the spring, stems in the summer, fruits in the autumn, skin and root in the winter’. The officer was speechless.

In Song Dynasty, a famous poet Lu You was treated with Gou Qi Zi for his aged eyes and then his eyesight was good as normal. He wrote a famous poem to praise Gou Qi Zi porridge.

The earliest use of Lycium barbarum dried fruits as a medicinal plant was at around 2300 years ago. At Present, China is the largest world producer, mainly in Ning Xia province. The fruits are red and about 1–2 cm long. They are sweet in taste. Daily dose is 6-12 g. They attribute to liver and kidney. They tonic liver and kidney, strengthen the essence and improve eyesight.

In modern pharmacology, many health effects of Lycii Fructus have been confirmed.

1, Anti-aging: Lycii Fructus protects neuros from aging. This is because it has antioxidant effects reducing antioxidative stress, inhibits inflammation, inhibits abnormal differentiation of nerve cells, apoptosis glutamate toxicity, protects microvascular endothelial cells to protect neuros from damaging and degenerating.

2, Immune regulation and antitumour activities.

3, Other effects include liver protection, alleviating dry-eye syndrome, antidiabetics etc.


Biomolecules. 2019 Sep; 9(9): 389.

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