Fo-Ti Root (Polygonum Multiflorum)

Fo-ti Root Benefits

Modern research indicates that this herb contains an alkaloid that has rejuvenating effects on the nerves, brain cells and endocrine glands. It stimulates a portion of the adrenal gland and helps to detoxify the body. It has been used for a long list of ailments including atherosclerosis, constipation, fatigue, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood deficiency, nerve damage, eczema, scrofula and inflammation of lymph nodes and heat toxicity. It is also indicated to boost the immune system and increase sexual vigour.

Chung Yun, a famous Chinese herbalist who reportedly lived to be 256 years old, used Fo-Ti on a daily basis. This herb is thought to have been responsible for both his long life and his legendary sexual prowess, (he was said to have had 24 wives). In another Chinese legend Fo-ti was thought to be responsible for returning natural black colour to a previously gray-haired man- He Shou Wu means "black haired Mr. He."

Thankfully, we have a little more to go on than folk medicine legends. Modern research indicates that this herb contains an alkaloid that has rejuvenating effects on the nerves, brain cells and endocrine glands. It stimulates a portion of the adrenal gland and helps to detoxify the body. Hair health, energy and sexual vigor are the products of this rejuvenation.

Processed fo-ti contains protein-sugar complexes known as lectins.

Processed fo-ti contains protein-sugar complexes known as lectins. Because they attach to specific arrangements of carbohydrates on cells in the body, lectins act like antibodies, but they do not cause allergy symptoms. The lectins in processed fo-ti may affect fat levels in the blood, helping to prevent or delay heart disease by blocking the formation of plaques in blood vessels. Plaques are accumulations of fat and other cells that restrict the size of blood vessels and limit the flexibility of their walls.

Because they attach to specific arrangements of carbohydrates on cells in the body, lectins act like antibodies, but they do not cause allergy symptoms. The lectins in processed fo-ti may affect fat levels in the blood, helping to prevent or delay heart disease by blocking the formation of plaques in blood vessels. Plaques are accumulations of fat and other cells that restrict the size of blood vessels and limit the flexibility of their walls. In animal studies, processed fo-ti also reduced the amount of fat that deposited in the liver and it may protect the liver from damage by toxins such as dry cleaning fluid. Processed fo-ti may also have immune system effects.

Although supported by a small number of animal studies and numerous human case reports from China, where processed fo-ti has been used for centuries as an anti-aging tonic, none of these uses for processed fo-ti has been confirmed by controlled studies in humans.

Blood deficiency, premature graying of the hair, nerve damage, wind rash, eczema, sores, carbuncles, goiter, scrofula and inflammation of lymph nodes and heat toxicity. The herb is also used to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and restore from exhaustion.

The whole root has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, according to animal and human research, as well as to decrease hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. Other fo-ti research has investigated this herb's role in strong immune function, red blood cell formation and antibacterial action.





Fo-ti Root Herb Notes / Side Effects

Latin Name

Polygonum multiflorum

Common Names

Chinese Knotweed, Climbing Knotweed, Flowery Knotweed, He-Shou-Wu, Kashuu

Properties

Astringent, demulcent, tonic.

Uses

Atherosclerosis, Constipation, Fatigue, High cholesterol, Hair Health, Rejuvenation, Sexual Vigour, Detox the body, Lower cholesterol and blood pressure

Indicated for

Blood deficiency, premature graying of the hair, nerve damage, wind rash, eczema, sores, carbuncles, goiter, scrofula and inflammation of lymph nodes and heat toxicity. Immune boosting.

Some people who are sensitive to fo-ti may develop a skin rash. Very high doses may cause numbness in the arms or legs.

Some people who are sensitive to fo-ti may develop a skin rash. Very high doses may cause numbness in the arms or legs.

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Student 's avatar  Student 24/06/2011 18:45

A question for a Natureopathic Doctor. Is it safe for me to take Ginko, Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Fo-ti and aloe vera together (not necessarily at the same time)? I have just started my studies for a CPA exam (extremely deficult / less then 10% pass rate) and I wanted to something natural to help me study and remember. My full time job and family make things a bit stressful somethime to study. Can a Natureopathic Doctor help?

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Mitu027 's avatar  Mitu027 22/04/2011 21:59

where can i get foti

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Robbierong 's avatar  Robbierong 31/07/2011 09:06

Have had pancreaitits, High Cholestrol, Chronic Fatique, felt washed out hair was going grey lost my sexual drive I am 57 yrs old and have been taking Fo-Ti for the last 6 weeks , I know feel like im a 45 yr old with all the get up and go I had then- this herb is amazing wish I had found out about yrs ago - Well recommend for anyone to try it and see the difference Its a wonder natural Herb

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Ravenhair 's avatar  Ravenhair 20/11/2010 11:38

I was just diagnosed with TA Band distress which is caused by repeatitive use of the muscles on my leg because I started a regimen of vigorous walking of 10k steps a day (usually more) and sometimes jogging. So After losing 24 lbs, my foot, leg and hip started hurting so horribly that I could barely limp to the bus stop to go to work and at work I had to sit all day or be in severe pain. After I was diagnosed, I was given a prescription for heavy duty anti-inflammatories and a round of four weeks of expensive physical therapy. Withouth knowing its effects on inflammation I took a dose of 4 pills of Fo-Ti and 4 pills of Dong Quai because they have always helped restore my normal mood levels during my menstrual cycle and I was just going through it so I took Dong Quai and Fo-Ti and went to bed. The following morning I took another dose to safeguard my good mental health for that day and. . . to my great suprise, that day, I was able to walk all around my apt without limping!! I could not believe it. I had not done anything to stop this pain, I didn't even buy the anti-inflammatories nor gone to the physical therapy sessions and all of a sudden the pain was gone! Then I started searching the Internet for answers and found this page. These two roots are amazingly strong anti-inflamatories and I didn't even know it!! I literally bumped into them by chance to help me with my mood and they fixed my TA Band distress and heavy duty pain without pain killers!! There are many runners at my law firm that have TA Band distress so I will be sure to recommend these two amazing herbs. Thanks to the Chinese people for growing these wonderful herbs!!

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androshi 's avatar  androshi 28/05/2011 15:03

i have known about fo ti for many years as an old mans herb. i never tried it because i was young and didnt need it. well 20 years later the idea of using the herb made sense.
my hair was growing gray and i wanted to change that.

i tried fo ti ,2 pills a day then worked my way up to 6 pills a day. when i used 2 pills a day -i feel young .my face looks young. when i tried 6 pills a day i noticed my roots on my scalp looking darker. this is a real good herb.

if you take just 1 or 2 pills a day,you will feel young and it does something to the face. it gives it more "elasticity". as you get older your face begins to droop. all things go south on the body as we get older. this herb helps you retain your youth.

even now as im looking through my mirror typing this too you,i notice the change.

i wake up and usually my face looks like hell,like an old man -not today it doesnt.

there is a down side to this as well, like all youth pills and herbs you do feel younger-and part of that is feeling more "horny" -which is what the herb is doing.

its restoring your youth energy. if you have sex while under this pill -the sex will be great -but you just spent your youth essence and will have to start all over again.

i think sex zaps our energy and our youthful appearance.

just my opinion.    

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Tri_west 's avatar  Tri_west 02/03/2012 21:36

Fo-Ti is amazing...have been taking it for 3 months....post menopause..my hair was slowly falling out over a period of 2 years...at the root....that stopped within a couple weeks of taking 2 capsules with one capsule saw pametto every day...  After 3 months my hair is thicker, fuller...like it was before menopause..I am amazed that more people dont know about this product...I guess it is hard to tell people your hair will come back from taking it...sounds a little too good to be true...but it is and it does work...my brother started 3 weeks ago and his hairdresser said yesterday that his hair was growing faster and coming in darker. ...he is amazed....an employee at Whole Foods in Orlando told me about using these two products together.....when I return to Orlando I will definitely thank him lots..Saw Pamentto inhibits the DHT which is a by product of testosterone that effects the hair and causes it to fall out.....Fo-Ti then helps to build the hair follicle to make it stronger, grow faster and change the color it you take enought of it per day... .I'm concern that as more people hear about it, it may become hard to come by....if your hair follicle however is already dead this won't bring it back...the trick with these two products together when your hair just begins to show signs of falling out...

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