Are you interested in experiencing the fantastic anti-aging benefits of He Shou Wu?
He Shou Wu can 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.
- 1 Benefits of He Shou Wu
- 2 Side Effects and Contraindications of He Shou Wu
The History of He Shou Wu
He Shou Wu’s past 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 and you might even hear it called PMT (Polygonum multiflorum Thunb), Shou-Wu-Pian or Shen-Min.
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 Jing energy and energizing your Liver and Kidney meridians. Chinese Pharmacopoeia lauds its many and varied health benefits.
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 growth 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; slowing it’s aging and improving overall scalp health and conditions such as alopecia.
Will you get rid of gray hair or regenerate hair growth with He Show Wu? Many users promise so!
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.
4. Regularity, End Constipation
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 in your body. The substance emodin stimulates the immune system. Specifically, it is effective for people suffering from autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Psoriatic Arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Arthritis (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis).
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.
It’s also used by alternative health practitioners and herbalists to prevent atherosclerosis, 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.
And before we move on, you’ll probably be interested to know that several pharmacological and clinical studies have investigated these benefits.
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 preparation 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-prepared He Shou Wu these unprepared Foti side effects can still be present in the extract.
Foti has a laxative substance called 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 too 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-prepared He Shou Wu can cause symptoms of jaundice, vomiting, nausea, stomach and abdominal pain, dark urine, loss of appetite weakness and tiredness according to this study. If you have any of the herbal hepatotoxicity 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 or healing crisis but do you really want to push it?
Please take a minute to watch this quick, informative video on the science behind He Shou Wu and it’s top health benefits.
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