Herb Formulas Notebook

Gou Qi Zi Jiu

(Goji Berry Wine)

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Source: Chinese Medicinal Wines and Elixirs (2008)
Author: Various

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin

Pattern: Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency, or accumulation of Wind-Toxins

Key Symptoms: Night blindness and blurred vision, foot and knee atony and weakness, upper back aching and pain, post-partum dizziness and vertigo
Secondary Symptoms: Tearing eyes on exposure to wind, impotence, spermatorrhoea.

Gou Qi Zi 300g
Bai Jiu 1.9L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.

Preparation: Place Gou Qi Zi in a large jar with 1.9L of alcohol and seal the lid for 2 months. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 30-60ml before or after meals.

Actions: Enriches Liver and Kidney Yin, nourishes Blood, brightens the eyes

Contraindications: Damp-Heat conditions and long term use due to the harmful effects on continuous alcohol consumption.

Flaws lists an almost identical formula as Ming Mu Jiu (Eye Brightening Wine) with just all ingredients reduced to a quarter (80g of Gou Qi Zi smashed and soaked in 325ml of alcohol for 7 days). The additional symptoms associated with this formula are included under the secondary symptoms.

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.