Updated: Apr 15, 2018
Ba Ji Tian (Morinda Root)
Also known as noni, morinda is a wandering plant native to Australia and Malaysia, although it is now used in China, India and other parts of Asia. It resembles a mulberry bush, with large, triangular leaves and green berries.
A commonly used tonic herb in Chinese herbal treatments, Ba Ji Tian, or morinda root in English, is so popular probably because of its special relationship with kidney, an organ linking so closely to libido in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory. Kidney is more than just a common organ in this level and herbalists tend to believe that this important Zu-Fu is intimately related to impotence, infertility and other reproductive health matters. For better understanding of how this herb functions, the concept of kidney in TCM will be the first problem to work out.
Although noni berries are becoming increasingly popular, morinda root is still used in most herbal remedies. The root itself is somewhat flat and dull grey in color, and usually 1-2 centimeters in diameter. Good quality morinda root is large, pliable and moist, and has a pungent, sweet taste. Poor quality morinda is small, brittle and tasteless.
Morinda has two main functions in traditional Chinese medicine, it warms the kidney and strengthens yang. It is used to treat kidney yang deficiency that manifests as certain sexual ailments such as impotence, premature ejaculation, and infertility.
It strengthens the bones and tendons by expelling cold and dampness. Morinda treats liver and kidney dysfunctions characterized by pain at the waist and knees; rheumatism; pain in the joints; and fatigue.
Main clinical use and indications are impotence, spermatorrhea, and premature ejaculation due to deficiency of the kidney, lower abdominal cold pain, urinary incontinence, female infertility due to cold uterus, pain and numbness because of wind-cold, soreness and weakness of low back and knee, and rheumatism.
Morinda Root, Sea Cucumber and Pork Hock Soup
A wonderful way to improve your Libido over the winter months may be through having a soup for dinner, this recipe is not only healthy but will help boost your Libido, reduce premature ejaculation, and aid infertility.
INGREDIENTS: (2 to 3 SERVINGS)
Morinda root (ba ji tien)
Goji-berry / Chinese wolf-berry (gou ji zi)
Pre-soaked sea cucumber
Pork boneless hock
Pitted red dates
Ginger - 2 slices
1. Wash sea cucumber and pork, cut them into big pieces and put in boiling water to cook for a few minutes. Remove, rinse and drain.
2. Rinse herbs and put all ingredients in a soup pot with 3 litres of water. Bring to boil, remove foam and reduce heat to simmer for 3 hours.
3. Add salt to serve.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an Acupuncture or Herb treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.
Excerpts from original articles by Acupuncture Today, the Art of Herbal Remedies Revealed and Nourishu