It is also known as Chinese Wolfberry, Duke of Argyll’s Tea Tree, or Matrimony Vine. The name Tibetan goji berry is in common use in the health food market for berries from this plant.
Wolfberries, and Lycium root bark (the latter called dìgǔpí; 地骨皮; in Chinese have long
played important roles in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), where they are believed to enhance immune system function, improve eyesight, protect the liver, boost sperm production, and improve circulation, among other effects. In TCM terms, wolfberries are sweet in taste and neutral in nature; they act on the liver, lung, and kidney channels and enrich yin. They can be eaten raw, consumed as juice or wine, brewed into a tea, or prepared as a tincture. The berries are also used in traditional Korean medicine, traditional Japanese medicine, and traditional Tibetan medicine. The leaves are also sometimes used as a tea. —– Wikipedia
Chinese Wolfberry can be used to nourish a weak body, improve vision, and promote longevity. There are many legends associated with Chinese Wolfberry. A famous Chinese physician, Li Shizhen (1518 – 1593) who lived during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 A.D.), compiled the Great Compendium of Herbs (or Compendium of Materia Medica), which stated, “The Bao Shou herb store recorded an elixir that promotes longevity. A bizarre barefooted man named Zhang passed the formula of this elixir to an elderly person at Yi Shi county, who followed the recipe and lived for over a hundred years. The elderly man could walk extremely fast as if he was flying. His gray hair turned black again. His aged teeth were replaced with new ones and he was very virile in the bedroom. The herb is mellow and can be taken often to eliminate excessive heat in the body, and will also improve vision.” —– clearharmony.net
Since I was born a feral child and ran swiftly along the riverbanks I couldn’t wait to be re-connected to the wolf. That fresh wolf milk is something else! What I liked most was riding through the woods at break neck speeds rolling over and clinching the underbelly as we out ran the hounds in hot pursuit. We would fly sometimes mostly on a large male albino and weave in and out of the early civilizations when that sort of thing was in vogue. Mayan and early Indian cultures are heavily steeped in the mystical wolf along with the legends of Romulus and Remus of Italy.
So before you start howling at the moon better load up on wolfberries. They look like strawberries and are so good for you. This is something you may want to add to your list of exceptional herbs. If wolves like them they must be good!
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Zentraveler says eat more wolfberries and fool the longevity tables.