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Gou Qi Zi Chinese Wolfberry Fruit - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Gou Qi Zi Names

  • English Name: Chinese Wolfberry Fruit
  • Pinyin Name: Gou Qi Zi

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Gou Qi Zi Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Nourish and tonify liver and kidney - yin and/or blood deficiency w/sore back and legs, low grade abdominal pain, impotence, nocturnal emission, xiao ke; neutral nature - commonly used for liver and kidney deficiency.
  • Benefits the essence and brightens the eyes - essence and blood are unable to nourish eyes, dizziness, blurred vision, diminished acuity.
  • Enrich yin and moisten the lungs - consumptive cough.


Gou Qi Zi Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 6-18g




Gou Qi Zi Appears In 7 Formulas

Da Bu Gan Wan

  • Major Liver Nutrition Pills
    • Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
    • Abdominal cramping, distension or pain in the hypochrondia due to liver qi stangation
    • Fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver diseases. 
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Qi Ju Di Huang Wan

  • Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills
    • Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night sweats, hot flashes, heat in the soles and dryness.
    • Blurry vision, possibly with dry eyes.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Ren Shen Shou Wu Wan

  • Ginseng Fo-Ti Pills
    • Hair loss, dry hair, greying hair as a result of dimished jing/essence.
    • Low sperm count, low libedo, and infertility.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Wu Zi Yang Zong Wan

  • Five Seeds to Bring Forth Offspring
    • Impotence, premature ejaculation, noctural emissions, low libedo from weakened kidney jing (essence).
    • Poor concentration and memory, listlessness, general fatigue and worsening eyesight also resulting from weakened jing.
    • Low back pain, possibly with weakness of the knees from weakness of the kidney system.
    • Infertility [male] with low sperm count or abnormal sperm morphology.
  • Tonify

Yi Guan Jian Wan

  • Linking Decoction
    • GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
    • The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
    • Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

You Gui Wan

  • Restore the Right Kidney Pill
    • Cold extremities, fatigue, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, loose stools - due to kindney yang deficiency.
    • Impotence, infertility, low libedo, low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology.
    • Incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), enlarged prostate.
  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients that present with damp signs.

Zuo Gui Wan

  • Right Returning Pills
    • Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin deficiency.
    • Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology resulting from jing deficiency.
    • Irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin



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