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Botanical Name: Lycium chinenis.
Common Names: Chinese Matrimony Vine, Wolfberry, Goji Berry.
Folklore: One of the more well-known supplements used within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Within this practice it is quite known for restoring youth, vigour, and vitality, particularly among men.
Medicinal Uses: Lycii berries have also demonstrated themselves to be quite rich in nutrients and antioxidant qualities, and are often hailed within herbalist circles as a "superfood." Scientific study has demonstrated that Lycii berries can benefit those struggling with blood pressure problems and blood cholesterol levels. Studies have also taken place to examine its aid in improving liver and kidney function. Perhaps further supporting the traditional uses within Chinese Medicine, Lycii berries are also sometimes prescribed to improve vision, restore skin, and otherwise improve erectile function.
Caution: It is advised to avoid use if pregnant.
Herb of the Month: Lycii berries
Rune of the Month: Ngthal
Featured in: Ogham
English letter: Ng
English translation: Reed
Meaning: Upsets or surprises.
Change and corruption. End of a situation. Resolution of problems. Recognise the need to move on. Don't let people or things hold you back. There may be partings. Better health. Failure is possible. The end of a phase. Moving on to new pastures. Don't cling to the past. Changes may be dramatic. A lifestyle may dye, we must accept this.
Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.
Card of the Month: Death