Fo-Ti / Heshouwu

Fo-Ti / Heshouwu: Overview

Fo-Ti describes the American marketing name for the Chinese herb He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum).  The root (tuber) of this native Chinese plant is the part used medicinally.  Both raw fo-ti and cured fo-ti are available and used medicinally as "tonics".

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Function; Why it is Recommended

Fo-ti is cured with a black soybean broth, heated for several hours.  This curing gives the fo-ti product different chemical compositions and properties and somewhat different uses.  Both raw and cured fo-ti contains anthraquinones, although curing removes much of these.  Other constituents include lecithins, sitosterol, catechins, cyanidins, calcium (2225ppm), iron, zinc and large amounts of starch.

Studies using fo-ti have focused on the following areas: Antiaging effects, immunologic effects, hypolipidemic and antiatherosclerotic effects, liver protectant effects, resistance to colds, antimicrobial, laxative and others.  True fo-ti should not be confused with other mixtures called Fo-Ti, which do not contain Polygonum multiflorum.

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