Gou Qi Zi


Gou Qi Zi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Gou Qi Zi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: lycium fruit, matrimony vine fruit, barbary wolfberry
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Lycii
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU, KD, LV

Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: blood, yin

Special Properties:
essence, resolves dryness

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonifies LV and KD (sore back and legs, dizziness, premature gray hair, infertility, nocturnal emission; xiao ke, consumption due to KD essence and yin deficiency, and Liver blood and yin deficiency)
  • Benefits LV and KD; brightens eyes (Liver and Kidney deficiency with eye problems: blurred vision, diminished visual acuity)
  • Enriches Yin and Moistens LU (consumptive cough)

    Special Notes:
  • Gou Qi Zi and Ju Hua both brighten the eyes, but Gou Qi Zi is more for deficiency eye problems and Ju Hua is more for excess LYR eyes problems.

  • (cc: SP def with dampness, loose stools)