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.



Ingredients
Gou Qi Zi 300g
Bai Jiu 1.9L

Subsitutions:
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.



Notes:
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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