In this article, we are going to share some fo the best anti-aging benefits of He Shou Wu that will keep you young, healthy and vibrant, while preventing the not so friendly side effects that naturally come with the passing of time. He Shou Wu is named for it’s most famous and unique use: it can be used to treat and prevent prematurely graying hair and hair loss. He Shou Wu literally translates as Mr. He’s black hair. That being said, it is a tonic herb that can protect your vital organs and body in every way.
The History of He Shou Wu goes back thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine where it is known by a number of different names notably Foti and prepared Foti, it also is known under the latin names Polygonum multiflorum, and Radix polygoni multiflori.
It is taken as a daily tonic for its numerous anti-aging qualities and it’s ability to imbue your body with youthful energy by increasing your bodies Jing energy and energizing your Liver and Kidney meridians.
Benefits of He Shou Wu
1. Hair Loss and Hair Color
You can use He Shou Wu in the treatment of hair loss and to prevent premature graying. Its positive effects come from improving the health of internal organs like kidney and liver. The health of the kidney and liver play a major role in the grown and coloring of hair. By promoting health of these internal organs, He Shou Wu works on the root causes of premature graying and hair loss preventing it’s aging and improving overall scalp health.
2. Liver and Kidney Health
He Shou Wu benefits the health of your kidney and liver and supports the function of these internal organs. Strengthening the liver and kidney two of the core organs in your body that keep your blood healthy and are critical to expelling the toxins and free radicals that attack your body every day.
3. Reproductive Tonic
He Shou Wu is a popular reproductive tonic. It nourishes the reproductive system and increases fertility and sexual vitality. By controlling and balancing hormone production, He Shou Wu keeps your reproductive system strong and full of youthful energy. In later life, it is often used by women as an easy remedy for menopausal and menstrual symptoms.
He Shou Wu has a substance called emodin that is a stool softener. Unprepared Fo-Ti has more emodin in it and is used short term as a laxative to treat constipation. See side effects below for more information on why and how He Shou Wu is prepared.
He Shou Wu has a powerful antibacterial effect; it helps remove toxins from your body by cleansing the kidneys, liver and urinary tract. Can you say daily detox?
6. Immune Booster
He Shou Wu boosts your immune system by increasing red blood cell production your body. The substance emodin which it contains stimulates the immune system. Specifically, it is effective for people suffering from autoimmune diseases.
7. Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
He Shou Wu is an extremely effective tonic when it comes to balancing your blood pressure. It reduces triglyceride and cholesterol levels naturally.
Also used to prevent stroke and many forms heart disease, by maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
8. Excessive Bleeding
He Shou Wu helps in healthy menstrual flow in women by reducing excessive bleeding.
Side Effects and Contraindications of He Shou Wu
Foti as a raw dried root is actually slightly toxic to the liver and a really effective laxative. Because of this, ancient Chinese medicine practitioners developed a method of preperation for the Foti root that is popularly called He Shou Wu. This preperation is done by putting the roots in a red bean soup and slow cooking it for multiple days to remove some of the emodin and toxins from the root making it safe and friendly for daily tonic use.
If you have poorly prepaired He Shou Wu these unprepaird Foti side effects can still be present in the extract.
Foti has a laxative substance emodin which is a liver protective agent. If you are sensitive to it, this agent can cause diarrhea because it acts as a stool softener.
If you consume to much He Shou Wu, it can cause headaches and numbness in the legs and arms.
If you have liver disease, your liver may be hypersensitive to this herb. In cases of liver disease, it is possible that poorly prepaired He Shou Wu can cause symptoms of jaundice, vomiting, nausea, stomach and abdominal pain, dark urine, loss of appetite weakness and tiredness. If you have any of the side effects even slightly stop taking the He Shou Wu you have and throw it in the trash.
Contraindicated for women who have cancer. It is known to increase estrogen levels (a hormone that is found in higher levels in young women and decreases with age). By extension, there is a risk that, especially bad he shou wu, can promote cancer growth in women.
Consuming extremely high doses of this herb in any form cause skin rashes for some users. This is often referred to as a detoxifying effect but do you really want to push it?
Note from the blogger: I personally take Luz He Shou Wu and recommend it based on its superior quality and value.
So that sums up what I know about He Shou Wu, I hope to get back on here later after I do some more research and update this article in the future.