Goji Berries, not all that they are cracked up to be
The wise Chinese proverb says, “Don’t eat goji berry”
In an old Chinese medicine book named “ShenNong’s Herbal”, which was written about 2200 years ago: if you eat goji for long time, it is very good for your health, strengthens the legs and you will have a long life, you can resist cold and heat.
“Compendium of Materia Medica” was written by Shizhen Li in the Ming Dynasty,about 430 years ago. It said, goji is good for the kidneys, liver, eye-sight, sexual function and fertility, to refresh yourself, improve circulation, and promote longevity.
There is a poem about the goji berry named “xiao pu gou qi” written by Dongpo Su in the Song Dynasty, about 1000 years ago. It said, goji caudex, goji leaf and goji berry all can be eaten.
Forgive them father, they know not what they do.
Okay, confusing information, but isn’t that all you will be able to have if you don’t actually learn the depth of Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda. You are left with listening and confiding in the latest news and marketing. This is where the Western world of health has gone with it’s health movement being supplemented with short certifications that give someone the appearance of “authority” and so much misinformation being touted in the public by the public on the internet and by word of mouth. Ex. One of your friends says that this product is good, or that you should do this cleanse because it helped them? What is this all about? Who are they to advise a damn thing? Trained in anything to have any depth of knowledge to do so? But this is what we have in America, isn’t it. Actually, in most states in the US, doing this is against the law.
Goji Berries have been used in CM and Ayurveda for centuries. Someone with any liver heat or a excess heat condition or anyone that doesn’t have spleen chi high enough to deal with how rich Goji berries are is just gonna make their health much worse by taking them. Specially in the amounts I see taken by the raw foodies and the “new age health and detox” people.
The masses that are devouring all these super foods really don’t understand that all these high density nutrient dense foods are really not good for a system, specially when the system is already compromised, which almost every American system is. They are used in very sparing amounts to balance a system.
Gou qi zi (Fructus Lycii also called Wolfberries)
They used to cost under $2 a pound in china town until the Western consumeristic rape started. Now you will find them for $35 a pound and the masses are eating them up, with every other new marketed superfood as well. Folks, we are in for a nasty future with the way things are going in the “health” arena.
Goji Berries is a drug that the dried mature fruit of the machaka Lycium barbarum L. of family Solanaceae, with the best one produced in Gansu, Ningxia and Qinghai. The fruit is picked around the summer Solstice when the fruit is mature, dried in the shade until the cortex is wrinkled, and dried in the sun until the fruit is crusted with the pulp still soft. It is used unprepared.
Properties: The herb is sweet in flavour, neutral in nature and acts on the liver and kidney channels. Being sweet, neutral and moist in nature for reinforcing the liver and kidney, nourishing essence and blood, mildly tonifying Yin and Yang and improving vision, the herb is often used to treat syndromes caused by hypofunction of the liver and kidney and deficiency of Yin and Yang, weak vision due to deficiency of the liver, and other syndromes. It is a good tonic.
Effects: Reinforcing the kidney to benefit essence, tonifying the liver to improve vision.
1. To treat aching and weakness of the waist and legs, dizziness, tinnitus, spermatorrhea and night sweat due to hypofunction of the liver and kidney, the herb is often used in combination with rehmannia root, dodder seed, dogwood-fruit and other herbs for tonifying the liver and kidney.
2. To treat weak or blurred vision due to Yin deficiency of the liver and kidney, the herb is often used in combination with chrysanthemum flower, rehmannia root, Chinese yam and other herbs for nourishing Yin and improving vision, such as Qi Ju Dihuang Pill.
Dosage and Administration: 5-10g. but in chinese medicine it is never taken alone. it is always used in a mixture that is balancing to ones unique constitution. Use without the understanding of Chinese medicine or Ayurveda is actually pretty naive as with all the new health ideas.
Modern Researches: The herb has the effects of enhancing phagocytosis of the reticuloendothelial systm, increasing peripheral leukocytes, enhancing humoral and cellular immunity and promoting hematopoietic function. Betaine, a biological stimulant, has the effects of stimulating growth, reducing blood sugar and blood lipid, inhibiting the fat deposition in liver cells and promoting the regeneration of liver cells. The herb has the cholinomimetic effects of reducing blood pressure, inhibiting the heart, exciting intestines.
But modern research is based upon the compartmentalized reductionistic approaches. This is not how Chinese Medicine nor Ayurveda works and cannot be researched by these methods.