INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Lycii
Common English: Lycium Fruit
Chinese Wolfberry Fruit
Matrimony Vine Fruit
Herbs that Tonify Blood (Herbs that Tonify the Yin)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sweet
Neutral
Liver
Lung
Kidney
5-18g
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Nourishes and tonifies Liver and Kidney Blood and Yin

Blood and Yin Deficiency with sore back and legs, low-grade abdominal pain, impotence, nocturnal emissions, wasting and thirsting disorder and consumption

Liver and Kidney Deficiency

Benefits Jing and brightens the eyes

Liver and Kidney Deficiency where Jing and Blood cannot nourish eyes with dizziness, blurred vision and diminished visual acuity

Nourishes Yin and moistens the Lungs

Consumptive cough and wasting and thirsting disorder

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with external Excess Heat.
  • Use caution for those with Spleen Deficiency with Dampness and loose stools or diarrhea.
  • Use with caution for those with Internal Full Heat, including high fever.
  • Use with caution during pregnancy.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Adenophorae/Glehniae
Sha Shen
Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong

Epigastric and flank pain with dryness in the mouth and throat, bitter taste, and acid regurgitation due to Yin Deficiency with Qi Stagnation.

Liver and Kidney Deficiency.

Dizziness, weakness, impotence, and spermatorrhea due to Kidney and Liver Yin and Blood Deficiency.

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Rz. Drynariae
Gu Sui Bu
Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Rx. Dipsaci
Xu Duan

or

Rz. Drynariae
Gu Sui Bu
Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Rx. Dipsaci
Xu Duan
Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Gelatinum Plastrum Testudinis
Gui Ban Jiao
(Fr. Corni)
(Shan Zhu Yu)

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Cx. Cinnamomi
Rou Gui
Rx. Lateralis Aconiti Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
(Fr. Corni)
(Shan Zhu Yu)

Sore and painful lower back due to Kidney Deficiency.

Severe Yin Deficiency with lower back pain, spermatorrhea, sweating and diminished visual and aural acuity.

Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Rz. Polygonati
Huang Jing

Arillus Longan
Long Yang Rou
Rx. Polygoni Multiflori
He Shou Wu

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Consumption with exhausted Jing.

A gentle tonic for the aged or weakened.

Lowers blood sugar and treats type II diabetes.

Blood Deficiency with a sallow complexion, prematurely gray hair, insomnia and multiple dreams.

Liver and Kidney Deficiency with Jing and Blood unable to rise and nourish the eyes with tinnitus, headache, and visual impairment.

Liver Yang or Liver Wind Rising.

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Bul. Fritillariae Cirrhosae
Chuan
Bei Mu

Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi
Rx. Stellariae
Yin Chai Hu

Hb. Ecliptae
Mo Han Lian

Consumptive cough.

Steaming bone disorder.

Hemoptysis due to Yin Deficiency.

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Six-Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

Rx. Asparagi
Tian Men Dong
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rz. Polygonati Odorati
Yu Zhu
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao

Rx. Polygoni Multiflori
He Shou Wu

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi

Dizziness, diminished visual acuity and dryness or tearing on exposure to Wind.

Wasting and thirsting.

Prematurely gray hair and loose teeth.

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Cornu Cervi
Lu Jiao
Plastrum Testudinis
Gui Ban

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe
Bei Mu
Rx. Stemonae
Bai Bu

Hb. Ecliptae
Mo Han Lian
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Rz. Bletillae
Bai Ji
Fol. Callicarpae
Zi Zhu

Emaciation, spermatorrhea, impotence dizziness and blurred vision.

Dry cough.

Hemoptysis.

  1. This herb is neither hot nor cold so it is good for any Kidney and Liver Deficiency.
  2. Folk medicine - 10g steamed and taken 2-3 times per day for wasting and thirsting. Add Rx. Trichosanthis Tian Hua Fen and Rz. Dioscoreae Shan Yao to increase its effectiveness.
  3. It works if cooked in foods.
  4. Buy it in cans - darker is better.
  5. This herb is one of the primary tonics.
  6. It is widely used for weakened condition, impotence, and old age disabilities.
  7. In formulas, it is often specific for eye problems due to Kidney and Liver Deficiency.
  8. In China, Lycium wine is a famous tonic.
  9. It can be used alone and soaked in grain-based alcohol for blurred vision.
  10. Gou Qi Zi, Sm. Cuscutae Tu Si Zi and Sm. Astragali Complanati Sha Yuan Zi all tonify the Kidney Yin and Yang and are often used together. Gou Qi Zi better nourishes Kidney and Lung Yin, slightly tonifies Kidney Yang and tonifies Liver Blood to improve vision. Tu Si Zi and Sha Yuan Zi both tend toward the Yang and astringe Jing.
  11. Both Gou Qi Zi and Fr. Broussonetiae Chu Shi Zi are sweet, moistening, enrich and tonify Liver and Kidney Yin and Blood and are used for achy, weak lower back and legs, dizziness, lightheadedness and visual disturbances. Gou Qi Zi is neutral and can tonify Jing and treat coughs by moistening the Lungs. Chu Shi Zi is cold and clears Heat, especially in the Liver channel affecting the eyes. it also promotes urination.
  12. Gou Qi Zi, Fr. Ligustri Lucidi Niu Zhen Zi and Fr. Mori Sang Shen all tonify the Liver and Kidney Yin. Gou Qi Zi also assists Kidney Yang and Sang Shen tonifies the Blood. Nu Zhen Zi tonifies the Yin and cools Heat from Yin Deficiency.
  13. Dry-fried Lycium Fruit Chao Gou Qi Zi has a warm nature which makes it easier to digest.
  14. Salt-fried Lycium Fruit Ian Chao Gou Qi Zi enters the Kidneys, moves downward, augments Jing and is easier to digest.
  15. Cuscuta-fried Lycium Fruit Tu Si Zi Chao Gou Qi Zi is more Yang-tonifying, enabling it to replenish Jing and fortify Yang. It is used for debilitated primal Yang Qi.
  16. This herb has a reputation for improving skin quality and enhancing vitality, beauty and long life.