On The Other Hand, We Can Do Without These…

Okay I can see how it works but does it justify calling it king of herbs or whatnot?  That’s what most of them herb pusher quacks say.  Oh, and I’m sure you’ve heard about people talking about how goji berry was found in the himalayas and all that.  I couldn’t help but snicker at that.  You see, the truth is that wolfberry isn’t that exotic.  From acupuncture today (http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/herbcentral/lycium_fruit.php) :

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 (sic), Gansu and Qinghai provinces.

A little far from Tibet, eh?  Well okay, Qinghai is beside tibet…

Last time, I talked about how western “herb experts” took Ma Huang (ephedra) and turned it from a sweat inducer and body warming herb into the ultimate weight loss stimulant.  What happened as a consequence of this off-label use?  We all know.  And we ended up with Ma Huang taking a bad rap.  Now “they” are doing it with other herbs.  At least they chose a relatively safer herb like wolfberry (which is, by the way, used everywhere in China for cooking also).  But there is no justice in overhyping it.  It just makes real chinese medicine look bad.

I’m not doubting that these herbs can help cancer patients, but let’s keep the information down to earth and useful, not giving them false hope.  Wolfberry nourishes yin – I can see how it can help mediate chemotherapy side effects, but to come out with headlines like this is just irresponsible, in my not-so-humble opinion.

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