Lycium barbarum (or Lycium chinense)
Similar in appearance and action, the berries of both Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense are large, soft and red. The fruit is sometimes known as wolfberry. Ripening in the summer, lycium has thick flesh and small seeds. In traditional Chinese medical terms, the two herbs are classified as sweet and neutral. Lycium chinense appears largely in Hebei Province, while the more common Lycium barbarum grows in a number of Chinese provinces.
Taken internally for:
Over the counter:
Available in dried bulk, capsules and tinctures.
Tea: 1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. dried leaves steeped in 1 cup boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Compress: A piece of fabric soaked in a lobelia infusion for several minutes, wrung out and applied to affected area.
Combinations: For asthma, used with cayenne, skunk cabbage and ginger.