He Shou WuLong ago, old Mr. He became lost in the forest. Years later, those who found him were astonished. The old man's hair had turned from white to black. In order to sustain himself, he lived on the root of the common wild vine Polygoni Multiflori. Today, the plant bears his name, He Shou Wu (Old Mr. He) . In the West this root is known as Shou Wu or FoTi.
Research has started to reveal some additional uses for He Shou Wu and possible explanations for some of its traditional uses. There are many animal studies that indicate that prepared He Shou Wu has neuroprotective effects. In rat studies, oral consumption of this herb inhibited the formation of beta-amyloid plaques (which are associated with neurodegeneration in people with Alzheimer’s disease), prevented dopaminergic degeneration caused by toxic pesticide exposures, and improved mental acuity and recall.
In animal studies, regular use of He Shou Wu promoted increased adrenal and thyroid hormone secretions, enhanced T lymphocyte and macrophage activity, and prolonged the life spans of various animals. In clinical practice, this herb is often used for men with lack of libido, low sperm count, and poor sperm
Dry, brittle, or damaged hair, excessive aging
- Fleece Flower Root (Polygoni Multiflori, He Shou Wu) - Strengthens the Liver and Kidneys,Benefits the Hair, Nourishes the Blood, Benefits and Retains the Essence, Detoxifies Fire Poison, Moistens the Intestines, Expells Wind from the Skin. Major constituents: chrysophanic acid, emodin, rhein, chrysophonic acid anthrone, lecithin.
- Szechuan Lovage (Ligusticum Wallichi, Chuan Xiong) - Invigorates the Blood, Promotes the Circulation of Qi, Expels Wind, Moves the Qi Upward. Major constituents: alkaloids, phenols, lactones, ferulic acid
- Hoelen Mushroom (Poria Cocos Sclerotum, Fu Ling) - Quiets the Heart, Calms the Spirit, Harmonizes the Middle, Strengthens Stomach/Spleen. Major constituents: B-pachyman, tumulosic acid, 3B-hydtoxylanosta-7, chitin, protein, lecithin