Di Gu Pi (Cortex Lycii Radicis)

Di Gu Pi

Di Gu Pi (Cortex Lycii Radicis) is from the root bark of Lycium chinensis and L. barbarum, family Solanaceae. The medicinal material is collected in early spring or after autumn and then sun-dried.

Category: Heat Clearing – Clearing Heat from Deficiency.

Common Name: Wolfberry Root Bark; Lycium Bark.

Channels Entered: Lung, Liver and Kidney.

Properties and Functions: Di Gu Pi is sweet and bland in flavour, and cold in nature. It acts to cool the Blood and reduce steaming bone disorder and also clears Lung-Heat.


  • Steaming Bone disorder with fever due to Yin deficiency; tidal fever with night sweating due to Yin deficiency.
  • Cough and shortness of breath due to Lung-Heat.
  • Bleeding due to Blood-Heat manifesting as haematemesis, epistaxis and hematuria.

Dosage: 6 – 15g

Cautions and Contra-Indications: Loose stool due to Spleen deficiency.