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Fo-Ti Root Date Written 2007
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised  

"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." (2)








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