"Fo-Ti Root has long been well recognized
as a rejuvenating and longevity tonic in China, where it
is consumed routinely by those concerned with youthful strength
and vigor. Fo-Ti Root is one of the most widely used Chinese
tonic herbs. There is also evidence that Fo-Ti offers natural
nutritional support for healthy cholesterol levels. Fo-Ti
is used to treat premature aging, weakness, vaginal discharges,
numerous infectious diseases, angina pectoris and impotence.
Fo-Ti contains a number of glycosides that account for the
herb's use as a remedy for stomach disorders and constipation.
Researchers suspect that the roots may contain compounds
with mild cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory effects.
The whole root has been shown to lower cholesterol levels,
according to animal and human research, as well as to decrease
the risk of hardening of the arteries (or arteriosclerosis).
Other Fo-Ti research has investigated this herb's role in
strong immune function, red blood cell formation and antibacterial
action. Fo-Ti Root Increases energy, helps to maintain strength
and vigor. Normalizes blood sugar levels and aids digestion.
Fo-Ti Root strengthens the kidneys and liver, purifies the
blood, and is a rejuvenating tonic. Fo-ti Root (Polygonum
multiflorum) In Chinese it is known as Ho shou wu. It is
a strengthener of the kidneys, liver, and blood, and is
beneficial for all deficiency diseases. The Chinese claim
that it prevents aging and keeps the hair black. It is considered
to be a rejuvenating tonic to increase energy, increase
fertility and to maintain strength and vigor in the elderly.
Fo-Ti also has a rejuvenating influence on the endocrine
glands, acts as a tonic and nutritive, a digestive tonic,
and is a safe aphrodisiac. It may be used for the treatment
of both hypoglycemia and diabetes." (1)
"Fo-Ti (Polygonum multiflorum) is known
in China as He Shou Wu. Considered one of China's four great
herbs, it is used on an alternating basis with Ginseng.
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.1 Since then, Traditional
Chinese Medicine has used fo-ti to treat premature aging,
weakness, vaginal discharges, numerous infectious diseases,
angina pectoris, and erectile dysfunction. The major
constituents of fo-ti are anthraquinones, phospholipids
(e.g., lecithin), tannins, and tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside.
The processed root has been used to lower cholesterol levels
in Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to animal research,
it helps to decrease fat deposits in the blood and possibly
prevent atherosclerosis. However, human clinical trials
are lacking to support this use. Test tube studies have
suggested fo-ti’s ability to stimulate immune function,
increase red blood cell formation, and exert an antibacterial
action. None of these effects has been studied in humans.
The unprocessed roots have a mild laxative action."