Goji Plant

The goji plant is inhabitant of the Himalayan expanse, but is also found in many other areas of Asia, including Western China, Mongolia and Tibet, where there are more than forty varieties. A well-known poem was written in the Tang Dynasty about the beauty and the healing properties of the goji plant, and for centuries, it has been valued for its positive effects. Westerners have only lately discovered the goji plant, and there is much eagerness in health circles these days of its immense effects.

Goji the latest wonder medicinal goji plant is a Himalayan shrub that grows to a height of 8 to 10 feet extensively grown in Tibet and Mongolia. The plant bears small flowers with purple or blue color and red colored fruit. The fruit that is sweet in taste can be consumed raw, fresh or dried. The fruits of the plant that have become popular recently because of their curative qualities and high content of anti oxidants than any other food plant on earth, are also being used in the treatment of cancer.

The plant that requires sufficient sun light and non monstrous well drained soil is drought tolerant. The leaves of the plant nicknamed as matrimony wine or youthful tea can be used in salads and drinks.

The Goji juice plant can be pruned to grow to a size of 6 to 8 feet that also makes harvesting easier and can also be grown in big pots. The plants have thorns though not many like black berries or rasp berries.

 
 

Extensive studies conducted in China have since documented the marvelous qualities of the fruit of this plant in stimulating the body immune system. It has since been established that Goji contains high protein of more than 15 percent, besides essential amino acids and minerals.goji-plant.gif

The berries of the Goji berry juice were traditionally regarded, to help increases longevity, and also as energy boosters and strength building natural fruits. Many studies conducted among various groups including elderly people, have established that the fruit if taken once a day for three weeks, help increase the spirit and optimism among the patients. It was also observed that the T cell transformation function among the patients that have taken the fruits almost tripled and the white cell interleukin 2 actions among the patients doubled. The other observations were that while 95 percent of the people who were tested on this fruit reported increase in appetite and increased sleep, another 35% could partially recover their sexual function.

The plant is getting popular, for its curative qualities, though its survival and growth in the tropical climate is under field testing. The results are expected to be published only by the middle of the current year.