Lycium Fruit (Gou Qi Zi) is also known as the Chinese wolfberry, lycium comes from a medium-sized bush that is native to east Asia and Europe. In China, the best lycium grows and is cultivated in the Ningzia, Gansu and Qinghai provinces.
In traditional Chinese medicine, lycium fruit has sweet and neutral properties, and is associated with the Liver, Kidney and Lung meridians. Its functions are to tonify the kidneys and promote the production of jing; to nourish the liver; and to moisten the lungs. The first recorded use of lycium as a form of herbal medicine is from the first century, AD, in which it was used as a tonic to treat the liver, kidneys and blood.