Di Gu Pi

Di Gu Pi in TCM:


English Name: lycium root bark, barbary wolfberry, root bark, Chinese wolfberry root bark
Pharmacuetical Name: Cortex Lycii
Properties: sweet, bland, cold
Explore the properties of Di Gu Pi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cold
Channels: LU, KD, LV
Flavors: sweet
Regulates: circulates blood, clears heat, clears deficent heat

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears deficient heat (steaming bone disorder with sweating, night sweats, chronic low grade fever, irritability, thirst; drains floating fire in the KD channel, treats toothache from deficiency fire)
  • Clears LU heat; stops cough (cough or wheeze, excessive constrained heat in LU)
  • Clears heat; cools blood (hematemesis, epistaxis, hematuria due to reckless movement of blood)
  • (cc: SP and ST cold from deficiency with loose stool)
  • (cc: exterior disorders)

    Special Notes:
  • Similar to Sang Bai Pi, but Sang Bai Pi clears heat from the qi level whereas Di Gu Pi clears heat from the blood level.
  • Pharmacologically, Di Gu Pi has been shown to act as an antibiotic, antihypertensive, antipyretic, and antidiabetic.