Information on Fo-ti

Latin NamePolygonum multiflorum
Other NamesHe shou wu
Part UsedPrepared Root
Herb FormsCapsule, tablet, tincture, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsUrinary system, Liver, Cardiovascular system
CautionsContraindicated for persons with weak digestion or diarrhea.
Botanical InfoA rampant vine from China and the buckwheat family which can grow up to thirty feet tall, with nearly heart-shaped leaves and sprays of small white flowers.
DescriptionChinese herbalists consider fo-ti to be an adaptogenic and longevity herb. They use it to replenish and strengthen the blood and tonify the liver and adrenals with such symptoms as dizziness, general weakness, prematurely graying hair, constipation, nocturnal emissions, and sterility. Fo-ti is also a good cardiovascular herb and has been shown to be effective for lowering serum cholesterol. Preparations of the herb are used for relieving chronic constipation, sores, swollen lymph nodes, chronic boils, and rashes.

Fo-Ti has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1 dropperful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Fo-ti

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Senilityadaptogentincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Dizziness, mildtoniccapsule, tablet, tincture, tea
Abdominal paintonictincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Anemiablood buildertea, tincture, capsules


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