He Shou Wu (Called "Foti" by some) is the "Prepared" root of Polygonum multiform - a large vining plant. It is prepared by slicing the root shortly after harvesting. He Shou Wu is a tonic to the endocrine glands; it improves health, stamina and resistance to disease. It is used to reduce cholesterol due in part to its lecithin content. It is used for angina pectoris, bloody stools, hypoglycemia, diabetes, night sweating and has been found to be helpful in schizophrenia.
Out of about 10,000 Chinese medicinal plants only about 60 belong to the class of Superior Tonic Herbs. Out of these 60 herbs He Shou Wu is the most amazing longevity tonic of all. It is widely used in Chinese herbal medicine as a tonic to prevent premature aging by tonifying the Kidney and Liver functions. It also is known to bring up Jing (vital essence), nourishing the blood, and fortifying the muscles, tendons and bones. It strengthens and stabilizes the lower back and knees. He Shou Wu is also used to enhance sexual drive and fertility in men and women. It can increase sperm count in men and help build more semen even in old age. It helps build ova in women as well. It is also widely used in Asia to maintain the youthful condition and color of the hair. This is, for some reason, its most popular attribute but it does so much more than this! There are countless legends of people that have lived well past the century mark taking this herb.
Science takes He Shou Wu very seriously:
Studies show that He Shou Wu extract improves the cardiovascular system, enhances immune functions, slows the degeneration of glands, increases antioxidant activity, and reduces the accumulation of lipid peroxidation. Such findings suggest that ho-shou-wu is helpful in combating some of the processes that lead to conditions characteristic of old age, thereby also reducing the risk of fatal diseases (e.g., cancer) and incidents (e.g., heart attack, stroke). He Shou Wu was shown to have effects on the antioxidant system superoxide dismutase (SOD), accumulation of lipid peroxidase, and enhancement of cell-mediated immune responses.
Pharmacological studies have shown that prepared He Shou Wu root extract can prolong the life cycle of somatic cells. Laboratory studies have shown that He Shou Wu can promote strong development and prolonged growing cycle in mammalian cells compared to cells in the control group, which demonstrated aging and degeneration.
He Shou Wu's effect on protecting the liver:
In experiments on mice, prepared He Shou Wu reduces buildup of hepatic (liver) fat. He Shou Wu also lessens the enlargement of the liver caused by carbon tetrachloride poisoning.
He Shou Wu can significantly counter the liver damage in rats caused by peroxidized (spoiled) corn oil. The damage includes fatty liver, liver function damage and elevated levels of peroxidized lipids in the liver.
At a fundamental level in the liver's cells, in vitro studies have demonstrated He Shou Wu`s ability to inhibit the lipid peroxidation of rat liver microsomes induced by ADP and NADPH.
These studies show that He Shou Wu's liver protection mechanism relies largely in its ability to inhibit lipid peroxidation (LPO) and its damage to the liver cells.
Whether you plan on living to 200 years or you just want to preserve your vital essence and Qi to have the energy of a young person for the rest of your life, He Shou Wu should be tried by anyone. At least for the first 100 years of your life!
The colour of Fo-ti powder ranges from white to dark brown because of different raw materials. White is considered to be the best of all. This is a certified organic product. Different from ordinary Polygonum multiflorum, this product is made by grinding white Fo-ti into powder. The color is white and the powder is fine. Since the roots of white Fo-ti contain starch, the product also contains considerable starch. Please note that this product is not pure starch. Both regular Fo-ti and white Fo-ti can change hair from grey to dark color. In addition, white Fo-ti can promote hair to grow, so the effect of white Fo-ti is much stronger than ordinary Fo-ti.
Note that this product is extracted from plant roots and contains starch. If it is directly brewed with hot water, the starch will gelatinize and become a paste-like, translucent colloidal solution with a certain viscosity. The part of the powder that is in direct contact with the hot water is gelatinized, and then the other part is covered by the gelatinized solution and does not touch the water, so there will be lumps if it cannot be completely dissolved.
The correct brewing method is as follows:
1. Take an appropriate amount of powder and put it in a cup.
2. Take a small amount of cold water, pay attention to the amount of cold water just submerged the powder, not too much. Fully dissolve it in cold water and stir with a spoon until there is no visible powder.
3. Quickly pour 100°C boiling hot water into the cup while stirring continuously. The amount of boiling water can be controlled by yourself. If you want to be thicker, add less boiling water, and if you want to be thinner, add more boiling water.