Ho Shou Wu

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何 首 烏

Common Name: Fleece Flower Root. Pharmaceutical name: Radix Polygoni Multiflori. Latin botanical name: Polygonum multiflorum.

Sometimes this herb is called Fo Ti, a made-up name created in Hawaii purely for commercial purposes. Ho Shou Wu literally translates as “Mr. Ho’s Black Hair.”

In Chinese medicine, Ho Shou Wu is used for securing Essence (Jing), anti-aging, treating spermatorrhea and vaginal discharge (mainly yeast infections), improving the immune system, alleviating serum cholesterol, reversing hardening of arteries, improving bowel movements, stimulating adrenal cortex, regulating blood sugar, protecting the liver function, improving the development of red blood cells, and treating premature graying of the hair.

He Shou Wu stimulates the liver and kidney meridians and treats yin, qi, and blood deficiencies.

Recommended daily dosage: 9 to 30 grams. Best if boiled in water and taken as tea.