SIA2015: Wolfberry

Common Name:Wolfberry
Plant Species:Lycium Barbarum L.
Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2006 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Mona, Utah

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The berries of the Wolfberry are one of the most important discoveries to the United states for unlocking the secrets of long life.

Called "goji" by native Chinese, wolfberries have a long tradition in folk medicine. Ancient Chinese medical texts extolled wolfberries for strengthening the eyes, liver, and kidneys as well as fortifying the "qi" (chi) or life force. An early medical work, Shen Nung Ben Tsao (475-221 B.C.), noted wolfberry benefits ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs. The physician's handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, written during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) reported, "taking in Chinese wolfberry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity."

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