He Shou Wu is commonly known by the Western nickname, Fo-Ti root or the latin name Polygonum Multiflorum. This is given during the 1970’s and became its most common name in the traditional Chinese medicine. It is literally translated as: “staying black color of Mr. He’s hair”. This article will discuss the potential properties of this herb that are essential for one’s health especially when he gets older.
The Traditional Properties of He Shou Wu
Fo-Ti root is the premier anti-aging and tonic herb that can be taken every day to increase one’s longevity potential. It is bitter, sweet, astringent and a bit warming. It helps in strengthening the internal organs such as the kidney meridians and liver. It increases one’s energy levels although it is not considered as a stimulant. As a matter of fact, it’s a Jing herb that slightly sedates when used as a sedative. It is considered as one of the top fertility medicines and it also helps men and women’s sexual power to stay longer, which all other tonic herbs do.
It is also known to treat premature hair graying. Legends and folklores have varied versions on how its Chinese name came out as an herbal adaptogen. One popular version described that General He committed a crime and was given a death sentence that detained him to a cell under the ground with zero access to water and food.
After one year of imprisonment, when executioners were about to remove his remains, they were shocked to find out that he had survived the death sentence with a complete rejuvenation – reversing his gray hair to its natural black color. They discovered that the He Shou Wu root that grew in the cell walls’ crevices was responsible for General He’s rejuvenation.
The Scientific Properties of He Shou Wu
The Fo-Ti root, when prepared, is known to have these effects as shown in human and animal studies: anti-pyretic, anti-tumor, anti-progestational, sedative, anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic, vasodilatory, hypotensive and decreases blood coagulation. Prepared and raw Fo-Ti roots are considered in the traditional Chinese medicine as 2 different herbs. Raw Fo-Ti root shows the absence of tonic effects and only possesses strong laxative properties.
The prepared version of this herb is proven to give the strongest, most beneficial effects in humans and animals. According to studies, Fo-Ti root has the ability to increase the basic immunological functions of human and mice. He Shou Wu also increases the thymus gland’s weight and delays its decline as people age.