Monday, January 17, 2011

The Functionality of Chinese Boxthorn

Chinese boxthorn, commonly known and consumed in the USA as Chinese wolfberries dried goji berries, is a member of the nightshade family. The herb has a 2,000-year history of medicinal use as a Chinese tonic herb and medicinal fruit. Almost all parts of this spiny evergreen shrub can be used to benefit the human body. The herb grows about three feet high, mostly in Eastern Asia around January. The leaves, usually harvested in the spring are dried and used as a Chinese tea. The roasted seeds can be ground and filtered as a coffee drink.

The fully ripe and dried Chinese boxthorn fruit berries can be used to treat a variety of issues like anemia and dermatitis related afflictions. The berries have a generally cleansing and immunity building effect on the human body. People commonly consume the dried berries by themselves or mix them in a trail mix, salads or as a compliment to other dishes. The root can be harvested anytime and has served in addressing illnesses like pneumonia, pulmonary tuberculosis as well as asthma and coughs. Rich in Vitamin A, C, E, and flavonoids, Chinese boxthorn also offers a small percentage of protein and carbohydrates that defend against other various human maladies.

The herb has been used to treat vision problems, liver, as well as urinary and reproductive issues. The herb is also promoted as a cancer inhibitor that either reduces or stops the growth of such unhealthy cells. Generally, herbalists also cook the round, peppermint-flavored leaves in soups or offer with a combined vegetable dish to fight congestion and chest ailments. This herb is not difficult to find in the US. Everyone can incorporate it into a daily diet in moderation, of course. You can find juices or other goji berry-infused drink combinations to supplement your diet in many Asian or health-conscious grocery venues.

Other functional uses of the herb include the control of internal bleeding, antibacterial applications, treatment of hypoglycemia, fertility issues, kidney and liver disease. The other uses will be high blood pressure reduction and a steady immune system building tonic. Another benefit is improved vision. So if you are focusing intently for long periods of time on a computer screen, this herb may be perfect for you. With such a long history of medicinal use, and the variety of ways it can benefit the body, Chinese boxthorn is worth exploring as a preventative health measure.

By Tad Kumagai. Many people are not aware there is a healthier Japanese herbal tea than Green teas, called Tenchicha. The tea contains 12 herbs with no caffeine. Mr. Kumagai is the president of Eco Vita, which provides information on health benefits of herbal products including tenchicha. For more detail, please visit

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