Fo-Ti Root (Polygonum multiflorum)

Botanical Name: Polygonum multiflorum
Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Common name: Black haired Mr He, He Shou Wu (Mandarin),Polygonum multiflorum Thunb., or Fallopia multiflora

Habitat : Native to east Asia, the plant is grown along the banks of streams and in valley shrub thickets in China, Malaysia, etc.

Description:
Fo-Ti Root  a perennial climber, of the family Polygonaceae.The plant grows to about 4.5 m high. It is in flower from September to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. The plant can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

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Fleece flower is produced in most parts of China. The root tuber is dug in spring and autumn, preferably from plants 3 – 4 years old, washed clean, sliced and dried in the sun, which is known as raw fleece-flower root. That prepared by steaming with the juice of black soybean (till getting brown) and drying (till getting black) in the sun is called prepared fleece-flower root.


Constituents:

*anthraquinones
*phospholipids, such as lecithin
*tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside
*trace elements

Action: astringent [a binding agent that contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges of mucous and

*fluid from the body
*bitter [applied to bitter tasting drugs which act on the mucous membranes of the mouth and stomach to increase appetite and promote digestion]
*sweet
*warm

Medical Uses:

Medicinal Used: Root which has been processed (Zhi He Shou Wu). Processing reduces toxicity and alters its properties.

The literal English translation of Fo-Ti is “vine to pass through the night.” With a distinctive sweet yet bitter taste, fo-ti was thought to unblock the channels of energy through the body, allowing the escape of the pathogenic influences that cause generalized weakness, soreness, pain, and fatigue. The plant is also used as a wash for itching and skin rashes.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fo-ti is one of the herbs used to nourish the heart and calm the spirit. Do not however go to a Chinese herbalist and ask for fo-ti, for you will get only a curious look. The Chinese know the plant root as he-shou-wu. Over the centuries he-shou-wu’s reputation has bordered on the mythical for its power to produce longevity, increase vigour, and promote fertility.

Side Effects:
Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. The root is considered to have minimum toxicity, however,excessive use can cause numbness in the hands and feet. The unprocessed root can cause loose stool, diarrhea, with abdominal pain, and nausea.

Preparation Methods :Teas and tinctures. Sometimes found in capsule form.

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Polygonum multiflorum is used for:

Blood Conditions
*high blood cholesterol
*tones the vital essence and blood

Brain and Nervous System Conditions
*blurred vision
*dizziness with tinnitus
*epilepsy
*neurasthenia especially with insomnia
*neuritis
*schizophrenia

Muscular and Skeletal Conditions
*knee pain
*lower back pain
*fortifies muscles, tendons and bones
*numbness of limbs

Other
*premature aging
*premature greying
*promotes longevity
*tonic for elderly
*weak connective tissue

Dosage:
Recommended dosage is as follows:
50-100mL per week of 1:2 fluid extract

Western Medicine Fashion:
He shou wu is used for treating lymph node tuberculosis, cancer, and constipation. It is also used orally as a liver and kidney tonic; as a blood and vital essence toner; nourishing muscles, tendons, and bones. He shou wu is also used orally for hyperlipidemia, insomnia, limb numbness, lower back and knee soreness or weakness, premature graying, and dizziness with tinnitus.

Topically,He shou wu is used for sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, and itching.

Parts Used:The unprocessed root is sometimes used. However, once it has been boiled in a special liquid made from black beans, it is considered a superior and rather different medicine according to traditional Chinese medicine. The unprocessed root is sometimes called “White Fo-Ti”, and the processed root is “Red Fo-Ti”.

Folk Lore:

The Chinese common name for Fo-Ti, he-shou-wu, was the name of a Tang dynasty man whose infertility was supposedly cured by Fo-Ti; in addition, his long life was attributed to the tonic properties of this herb. Since then, traditional Chinese medicine uses Fo-Ti to treat premature aging, weakness, vaginal discharges, numerous infectious diseases, angina pectoris, and impotence.

There are many literature about foti root:He-Show-Wu from ancient China,a story name He-Shou-Wu Legend written by Li Ao of Tang Dynasty spread widely.According to the description,He Shou Wu is a native people of Nan He County of Shun Zhou,his grandfather named Neng Si,his father named Yan Xiu.Original name of Neng Si is Tian Er,weakly from childhood,no sexual desire when grew up,got to mountains for learning Taoism.One day,Neng Si drunk and sleep on stones in day,its nearly night when he woke up,catch sight of a plant with double stems and numerous leaves,the stems and leaves intersected little by little and diparted later,he astonished of this scene.The next day,Neng Si dig out the root from the plant and dig out a root,he hand it to many people and no one named it,an old man said it may be a kind of elixir.Neng Si want to try its effects and have it taken for 7 days, and he suddenly got sexual desire that day.He keep trying it 3 to 4 months and bacame strong,after 1 year taken this root,Neng Si got rid of his old disease and looks fine,hair became black and shining.In the following 10 years,Neng Si had several sons and daughters,so he changed his name from Tian Er to Neng Si.Later he offer this root to his son Yan Xiu, and Yan Xiu offer this root to his son Shou Wu,the grandfather Neng Si and his son,grandson all live to 160 years old.Li Qi An is a neighbour and good friend of Shou Wu,he take this root and live very long,and he make this root public known,many people try this and it functions fine,so they name this root He Shou Wu which could extend life longevity and make hair black

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Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.globalherbalsupplies.com/herb_information/polygonum_multiflorum.htm#Plant_Constituents
http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail313.php
http://www.mdidea.com/products/new/new04104.html

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  1. IT IS TRUE, FO-TI DOES CONTROL — OR RATHER CURE — EPILEPSY, 24 HOURS AFTER SOMEONE STARTS TO TAKE IT AS TEA OR CAPSULE. I HAVE BEEN TAKING DIFFERENT HERBAL AND HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR VARIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS AND ALL ILLNESSES HAVE DISAPPEARED EXCEPT SEIZURES, UNTIL I FOUND FO-TI. IN FACT, WHILE I CONTINUE TO MEDITATE PRACTICING NEOROFEEDBACK MY BRAIN FEELS MUCH MORE CALMER AND THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO SIDE-EFFECTS. I ASK YOU THIS QUESTION: WHERE ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS WHILE TAKING OMEGA-3, SPIRULINA, MANGANESE, BILBERRY, BLUEBERRY, CRANBERRY, GREEN TEA, MILK THISTLE, TUMERIC, HORSETAIL, B VITAMINS, CoQ-10, GABA, MAGNESIUM, TAURINE, L-TYROSINE, SELENIUM, QUERCETIN, SUPER OXIDE DISMUTASE, ZINC, AND OTHER VITAMINS/ AMINO ACIDS/ MINERALS EACH AND EVERY DAY? THE ANSWER IS "FAITH." WHEN I STARTED NATURAL MEDICINE 5 YEARS AGO THE FIRST THING I NOTICED WERE THE SIDE-EFFECTS ACTUALLY DISAPPEAR CAUSED BY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. SINCE I HAD RECOVERED FROM SLEEP APNEA, ARTHRITIS, DOUBLE VISION, BIPOLAR DISORDER, DIZZINESS, ETC. AND NOW EPILEPSY (MY MAIN GOAL) I STARTED A BUSINESS IN NATURAL MEDICINE NOT TRUSTING ANYMORE ON A DOCTOR'S OPINION, FDA, FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, LEGISLATURE, SENATORS, AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. I ONLY TRUSTED MYSELF AND GOD — NO MORE. IN AUGUST 2009 PFIZER INDUSTRY GOT SUED $3.2 BILLION, THE MOST IN NATIONS' HISTORY, FOR FALSE INFORMATION IN LABORATORY STUDIES. ALSO I LOOK AT NUTRITION TO KEEP MYSELF IN GOOD HEALTH CONDITIONS. IN PROCESSED FOOD, DAIRY, ASPARTAME, PRESERVATIVES, SODIUM, GLUTEN, CAFFEINE, AND HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP MAKE YOU SICK. REMEMBER, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

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