The Amazing Health Benefits of He Shou
Shou Wu is classed as a SUPERIOROUR TONIC HERB in the Chinese system.
These tonic herbs are not to be taken when you have an infection. (Even
though they will help prevent you
from getting infections) If you should get a flu or other infection, stop
taking them temporarily and use something like Viral Defense until the infection is gone before starting back on He Shou
Wu or any tonic herbs. Tonic herbs are good
when recuperating from an illness but never during a fever.
He Shou Wu Root (Or "Foti") is a powerful Kidney and
Liver Tonic. Its very action of restoring gray hair back to color is
testimony to this. Some people (Though it does not work for
everybody) have seen their gray hair completely return to color from using
He Shou Wu. However there are a
whole host of more important health benefits surrounding this
herb. Weak painful knees are another sign of kidney
deficiency as is lower back pain and low sexual energy. He Shou Wu is
quite often the answer to these things!
He Shou Wu
(Polygonum multiflorum) often likes to grow in pairs
intertwining around each other as in photo at left.
states that sometime around 800 AD this is what Mr. He saw after he woke
up from a drunken sleep in a field. Mr. He was drunk because he was
depressed from being impotent all his life. Mr. He said these plants
reminded him of two lovers. He dug up the roots of these plants and, as
they often do, they remarkably resembled two humans.
(Male and female) He considered this a sign!
Mr. He was
58 years old at the time. He decided to grind the roots into a powder and
take it daily mixed with wine. Within a few months he started having
sexual urges and married. Within a year his snow-white
hair turned completely black again. This is why He Shou Wu means, "Mr. He's Black
Hair" in Chinese.
His wife started taking the powder
as well. History says Mr. He fathered 12 children and lived to be 130
years old. His sons also took He Shou Wu. One was reported to
have lived to the age of 150! This is likely true
because Li Ching Yuen, who dide in
1933 lived to be 197. He also took He Shou Wu
Our He Shou Wu is from 6-10 year old
It is prepared traditionally in China by slicing the root
shortly after harvesting and then cooking it in black bean soup (in a
proportion of 10 parts He Shou Wu to 1 part black beans) until the soup is
exhausted. The "prepared" roots are then dried. This is what makes He Shou
Wu a tonic worthy of taking for the rest of one's life. This process has
been done in this way for around 1,500 years. If the herb is not prepared
in this way it will not have the same tonic energy. However raw He Shou Wu
is often used to stop acne and can have a strong laxative
He Shou Wu is a tonic for the endocrine glands, it
improves health, stamina and resistance to disease. It is used to reduce
cholesterol because of its lecithin. It is used for angina pectoris,
bloody stools, hypoglycemia, diabetes, night sweating, schizophrenia,
chronic bronchitis, epilepsy, head injuries, impotence, malaria, sores,
cuts, and ringworm. It promotes red blood cells, helps rid intestinal
is good f or
resistance to cold.
Studies show that ho-shou-wu extract improves the
cardiovascular system, enhances immune functions, slows the degeneration
of glands, increases antioxidant activity, and reduces the accumulation of
lipid peroxidation. Such findings suggest that ho-shou-wu is helpful in
combating some of the processes that lead to conditions characteristic of
old age, thereby also reducing the risk of fatal diseases (e.g., cancer)
and incidents (e.g., heart attack, stroke). He Shou Wu was shown to have
effects on the antioxidant system superoxide dismutase (SOD), accumulation
of lipid peroxidase, and enhancement of cell-mediated immune responses,
Other antiaging substances studied extensively include Ginseng,
Astragalus, Epimedium, Cordyceps, Ganoderma, Siberian Ginseng, and
Polygonatum (Huang Jing).
Studies have also demonstrated that various laboratory
animals fed He Shou Wu in their diets lived longer than control
decoction with He Shou Wu as the main ingredient prolonged
thelifespan of fruit flies. At 0.1% strength, the decoction could
prolong the lifespan by 5.83%. At 0.5% strength, it could prolong the
lifespan by 12.03%.
2: He Shou Wu has been shown to slow down the aging of vital
organs in aged animals, especially the reproductive organs, the ovary, the
uterus and the testicle. The same formula also demonstrated significant
results in open human clinical studies.
3: In an attempt
to prove Shou Wu`s legendary reputation as being able to reverse grey hair
to black, Shou Wu liquor (dilute alcohol extract) was given to 36 people
with gray hair. 24 completely recovered their dark hair and 8 more showed
improvemen t. The total effective rate was of 88.9%.
Also, traditionally this herb is said to increase essence
and blood. This combination of attributes indicates that it would increase
fertility in a woman and sperm in a man since essence and blood are
the two necessary qualities required to bare a child. Both men and
women attempting to have children should take He Shou Wu.
Plant Cures He Shou Wu is avialable in our famous liquid
extract (Shown above right) and also in 1/2 pound containers
of Slik Fine ground and sifted powder! (Right) This is
the way Mr. He, himself took it. This fine powder was once only
achived by sifting slowly through silk cloth but is now done through a
special machine process.
I have been taking the raw powder for
my daily morning dose - A rounded teaspoon of powder mixed with a
smoothie. This can be shaken into just about any liquid but must be shaken
in a small jar or something and not stirred as it will not fully
desolve. (The extract will desolve fully) Mr. He mixed his with
wine. I sometimes take a tablespoon of the liquid tincture at night which
helps me sleep better.
We now also have He Shou Wu 5:1 Extract in capsules (Above
left) and 100 gram jars of 5:1 extract powder. (shown below left)
This 5:1 extract is very
For all you "science buffs" out
is being used clinically
in China for patients
suffering from Schizophrenia. It is generally combined with Shen
stabilizing herbs such as Ziziphus and Polygonum stem. Reportedly, results
have been good.
The tuberous root, the part of the plant used herbally
under the name Polygonum multiflorum, contains lecithin and
anthraquinones, free or conjugated. The root also contains more than 1.2%
of a substance known as 2,3,5,4-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-0-b-D-glucoside,
which is considered to be the principle active
constituent. I am sure
there is more!
He Shou Wu is good to strengthen the
muscles and tendons. It is also very beneficial for the nerves. It is used
for backaches, knee joint pain, traumatic bruises, To date they have found
He Shou Wu contains leucoanthrocyanides (LAC) which are anti-inflammatory,
Chrysophanol, Emodin, Rhapontin, Phenolic Glucosides, Nitrogen, Minerals,
Starch (up to 50%), Unsaturated Fat, Lecithin, and Oxymethylanthroquinone.
(Keep in mind these are only the ones the can identify)There may be
hundreds more Remember, "science" does not have all the
answers and most of them are wrong
Research has demonstrated that Polygonum multiflorum can very
significantly increase superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity. SOD is a
powerful natural antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been
demonstrated to have powerful anti-aging benefits in humans. Polygonum
multiflorum also inhibits b -monoamine oxidase (b -MAO). Both of these
factors contribute to the anti-aging effects of this
Polygonum multiflorum has been demonstrated to help strengthen the
membranes of erythrocytes (red blood cells) and to promote the growth and
development of erythrocytes. Polygonum multiflorum has been found to
induce the production in human beings of g-interferon. and
neurasthenia. It has been used to lower blood pressure. Many people say it
helps them to fall asleep at night also. The list goes on and
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treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information
on this site is for information purposes only and is not intended to
replace the advice of a physician. You should consult a physician or
health care professional before starting on any supplement or medication
if you suspect you may have a health problem
Both Liquid and powder are just as effective!Also our new 5:1
extract has shown to be as effective as the traditional raw herb or
liquid extract and is very easy to take.
4 Oz liquid at two
teaspoons daily will last 12 days. 16 Oz will last 48 days. 1/2 Lb. powder
will last about a month at a teaspoon daily.
pac of He Shou Wu Extract Caps will last a month (at 3 caps twice daily)
and a 100 gram jar of the extract powder will last a little more than
a month. It compleatly dissolves in liquid quickly and does not taste
bad! A 3-pac of extract powder will last about 3 1/2
months. A 100 Gram jar will make 200 "00" caps (500 mgs each)
so a 3-pac will make 600 caps.