Goji Berries ‘Gou Qi Zi’ – Western Research & Asian Functions

These lovely red berries are also called wolfberries and ‘Gou Qi Zi’.


There is a lot of research currently being done on the effects of Goji berries.  Studies show that Goji berries have an overall positive effect on the functions of the body, including sleep, mood, mental clarity and energy.

Studies show that Goji berries can lower the blood pressure.

Many studies indicate the Goji berries can boost immunity to disease by increasing the white blood cells and the red blood cells, which are part of the yin moisture of the body.   This research indicates the Goji berries can reduce the growth of cancer cells.

Botanical name:  Lycium barbarum


Goji berries have a sweet taste that enters and works in a moistening and strengthening way upon the channels of the kidney and liver.  The energetic temperature of these berries is neutral, which means that they can be used with both warm and cold cases.

Goji berries have 3 traditional functions.  These are:

1. Tonifies and strengthens the blood, yin and essence of both the liver and kidney channels (or meridians)

This function contributes to the immune enhancing ability of this fruit, which is being further understood through western research.  Goji berries have been traditionally used for the following symptoms:

  • sore back & legs
  • dizziness
  • abdominal Pain
  • reduced sexual strength
  • dryness along the kidney and liver channels
  • infertility & impotence
  • high blood hair
  • grey hair

2. Benefits the essence and brightens the eyes

This function means that Goji berries can treat:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Diminished visual acuity
  • Dizziness

3. Moistens and strengthens the yin fluids of the lung

According to this function, Goji berries can be used for the following symptoms:

  • dry or consumptive cough
  • blood-streaked sputum
  • thirst
  • chronic, dry throat

CAUTION:  Be cautious with the use of Goji berries in the case of dampness in the spleen (loose stools, poor appetite, etc.) as this herb is already moistening.

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  1. Including the reference links with this commentary is such a helpful way to present this important information about Goji berries. I am very interested in this herb and it’s great heath benefits and medicinal properties. Luckily, I am finding that it can be added to a variety of recipes, from cereals, like oatmeal, to kidney bean soup, cookies, etc. It is relatively easy to find at natural food stores, or Whole Foods Market.

    Comment by Ann Williams — August 11, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  2. I think gou qi zi is also famous for helping rejuvenate skin!

    Comment by Jodi Host — October 29, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

  3. Would you be thinking about exchanging links?

    Comment by Maria Baker — August 11, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

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