Also known as
Polygonum multiflorum, he shou wu, ho shou wu, fo ti, foti
Fo-ti is a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb touted to improve youthfulness and longevity, feed the heart, calm the soul, and was given it's nickname he shou wu which means "Mr. He's Black Hair" after Mr. He, who revived his youth, hair, and sexual potency by taking Fo ti tea. Fo-ti is traditionally cured with black bean sauce and wine.
emodin, chrysophanic acid, chrysophanol
Black bean and wine cured root
Can be made into tea or eaten directly. Doses range from 1-10 grams, higher doses can cause laxative and other side effects.
Fo-ti root is a beneficial ally for nourishment and vitality, it has a mild estrogenic effect which helps balance testoterone levels and keep one feeling and looking young. Fo-ti has strong MAO-B (Monoamine oxidase B) inhibiting properties. MAO-B is what inactivates Dopamine, a vital neurotransmitter related to memory, focus, and learning. Youthfulness and low MAO-B levels have been linked and it is believed that by keeping MAO-B levels low one can preserve their youth and vigor. Is it any wonder, that the Chinese have regarded Fo-ti as the fountain of youth?
Do not take while pregnant. Strong laxative in higher doses. Mild estrogenic. As with all herbs, please speak to your doctor before use and especially if you are taking any medications or other herbs or supplements.
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