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Materia Medica For Martial Artists - Reference on Chinese Herbs for Dit Da Jow


This Materia Medica is a comprehensive reference on Chinese herbs for Dit Da Jow that is designed directly with the martial artist and athlete in mind.

Materia Medica for Martial Artists

Paperback, 448 pages

Materia Medica for Martial Artists is the *only* resource of its kind. This reference on Chinese herbs is designed directly with the martial artist and athlete in mind. Specifically chosen herbs which are relevant to study of combat, healing, and peak performance are covered, including relevant classical functions and important notes about each herb, special processing, pharmacological actions and chemical compounds when necessary, lists of formulas each herb appears in, and useful remarks about the past, present, and future place of each substance. Countless painstaking hours went into the creation of this book, and a new perspective can be gleaned from referencing herbs in this resource.

As injury and conditioning formulas, training wines, and longevity tonics continue to proliferate throughout the martial arts, this reference work will help guide you through understanding the utility of various herbs in formulas and arm you with a great deal of notes and knowledge which has been unpublished until now.






Section 1 Antagonisms and Counteractions

Section 2 Understanding the Templates



Chapter 1 Herbs That Release Exterior Heat

Chapter 2 Herbs that Release Exterior Cold

Chapter 3 Heat-Clearing Herbs

Chapter 4 Herbs that Act as Purgatives

Chapter 5 Herbs that Dispel Wind-Dampness

Chapter 6 Aromatic Herbs that Dissolve Dampness

Chapter 7 Herbs that Regulate Water and Dissolve Dampness

Chapter 8 Herbs that Warm the Interior

Chapter 9 Herbs that Regulate Qi

Chapter 10 Herbs that Stop Bleeding

Chapter 11 Herbs that Invigorate the Blood and Remove Stasis

Chapter 12 Herbs that Resolve Phlegm

Chapter 13 Herbs that Calm the Shen

Chapter 14 Herbs that Calm the Liver and Extinguish Wind

Chapter 15 Herbs that Open the Orifices

Chapter 16 Herbs that Tonify

- Section 1 Qi Tonifying Herbs

- Section 2 Yang Tonifying Herbs

- Section 3 Blood Tonifying Herbs

- Section 4 Yin Tonifying Herbs

Chapter 17 Herbs that are Astringent

Chapter 18 Herbs for Topical Application


Glossary of Terms

Index of Chinese Herb Names



Pinyin Name: Gou Qi Zi

English Name: Lycium Berry

Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Lycii

Properties: sweet and neutral

Meridians: Liver, Kidney, Lung


1. Tonify Yin

Gou Qi Zi has a mild action to tonify Yin of the Liver, Kidney, and Lung meridians and aids in generating fluids in the body. Based on the herbs it is used with, it can help address deficiencies with any of these meridian systems, such as infertility where there is low sperm count, nocturnal emissions, night sweats, problems with vision, and other Yin deficiency patterns.


Gou Qi Zi is the sweet red fruit of the Lycium Barbarum plant, a member of the nightshade family. It is also known as wolfberry and is commonly sold in western stores as an addition to tea or other food items as Goji berries. These berries are sweet enough to eat and house a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that make them a great snack. Because they are mild in nature, they are not overly stagnating and can be used long-term, either in formula or singly as a daily snack.

Gou Qi Zi is a worthwhile herb for anyone to have around. Despite the traditional uses of Gou Qi Zi, it is an important antioxidant; it enhances general immune system function, and promotes the generation of blood cells.

Given its mild nature, Gou Qi Zi is commonly seen in tonics ranging from mild to very potent, and even in external formulas, albeit extremely rarely. It can be found in Golden Relic Pills, Golden Phoenix Elixir, all versions of Spring Wine, Winter Wine, PlumDragon Iron Bone Training Powder, Internal Strength and Balance Wine, Seven Seeds, Five Seeds Two Emperor Supplement the Essence Tea, Twelve Spiritual Generals Wine, Many Years Persistent Injury Wine, Three Treasures Soup, Warming and Quickening Wine, and classical formulas and patents such as Modified Rehmannia Six and Gecko Tonic tea pills.

Interestingly, Gou Qi Zi is also hidden away in external formulas such as Seven Star Praying Mantis bruise jow, Bak Mei Southern dit da jow, and Immortal Monk. In Immortal Monk, it appears along side Long Yan Rou; both are mild herbs that aid in moisturizing dryness, among other things. However, the other functions of these herbs are lost with external use.

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