Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. The first traditionally recognized herbalist, Shénnóng, is said to have lived around 2800 BC. There are roughly 13,000 medicinals used in China and over 100,000 medicinal recipes recorded in the ancient literature. In this blog post series, I highlight one Chinese herb and its healing properties: goji berries.
Goji berries are increasingly popular as a health food in the United States, one of a growing category of foods known as “super foods” for their antioxidant qualities. The berries, which are sometimes also called “wolfberries” in English, are orange-red in color and grow on the wolfberry plant, a perennial which is native to southern China. In China, the most valuable types are colloquially called “red diamonds,” because the berries are so sought after and precious.
You may have seen goji berries in your health food store, but you may not know that they are also used in traditional Chinese medicine. In particular, they are used to strengthen your immune system, which means that the berries have many healthy benefits throughout the body. Those benefits include improving skin quality and vision as well as functioning as a liver and kidney tonic. In China, goji berry juice is widely used as an anti-aging supplement. If you are looking to improve your overall health, goji berries are an excellent dietary choice.
Goji berries are also said to be a natural “love potion.” They are recommended by practitioners of Chinese medicine to increase fertility, circulation, and sexual function. If you are looking to fall in love with a super food, goji berries may be the perfect addition to your diet!