Goji Juice Is as Vital Today as It Was in Ancient China

vt-3.jpgAn excellent natural source of vitamins, goji juice saved the lives of many patients in ancient China, along with the reputation and livelihood of their doctors.

Did you know that in ancient China doctors were paid only when their patients were well? In fact, the mostly highly regarded doctors were those whose patients never manifested illness at all. If their patients never got sick, the doctors were doing their job. Although this system is no longer the norm, the focus of Chinese medicine is still prevention and most of the ancient preparations are still in use. Fortunately, many have also made their way to the West. One of the most popular is the fruit of the boxthorn — better known to us as the goji berry — and its derivative, goji juice.

Chinese medicine specialists, of which there are hundreds in the U.S., apply the yin/yang concept to medicine. The yin is related to the fluids in the body, and the yang is related to bodily functions. The methods of diagnosis and treatment are also unusual. Some diagnose by pulse, by the color, shape and type of coating on the tongue, or by the appearance of the skin. Dry, finely-lined skin, for example, is an indication that the yin needs treatment. Sallow, sagging, pale skin is the province of the yang.

Goji is used to treat the yin. It nourishes and tones the fluids of the liver, kidneys and blood.

How does it do that? While the methods of diagnosis may be exotic, the cure is not. Goji juice is high in essential fatty acids, amino acids, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, linoleic acid, thiamine (vitamin B1), beta-carotene, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and trace minerals — nutrients we’ve all heard of but which are found in much higher quantity in goji juice than in many other sources. It contains 500 times more vitamin C in than an orange, more beta-carotene than a carrot, and the full spectrum of antioxidants, not just one or two.

Goji juice also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties — all of which are vital to good health.

While all the secrets of ancient Chinese medicine may not be at our disposal, one thing is certain — in both the ancient East and the modern West, an ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure. If you’re looking for an all-round tonic to improve your health, give goji juice a try.

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