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He Shou Wu / Fo ti Tieng

Latin Name: Polygonum Multiflorum

He Shou Wu is widely used in Chinese tonic herbalism as a tonic to promote healthy aging by tonifying the Kidney and Liver functions, toning up Jing (vital essence), nourishing the blood, and fortifying the muscles, tendons and bones.

He Shou Wu  is one of the most popular and highly revered tonic herbs in Asian herbalism

By virtue of its ability to accumulate tremendous quantities of Qi into its root, this herb can tonify  human organs and can tonify and nourish the blood. He Shou Wu is not a stimulant, however, it is an energy tonic. Its action is cumulative and it will calm the nervous system. 


It is used to maintain youthful sexual drive, normally abundant sperm count in men and to support the health of the ova in women. It is widely used in Asia to maintain the youthful condition and color of the hair.

It has components that are potent antioxidants with gentle actions in the liver and the eyes. 


Its strength partially comes from its remarkable ability to support and maintain the healthful cleaning functions of the kidney and liver, which in turn clean the blood. 


He Shou Wu is a good source of iron. He Shou Wu contains potent antioxidants and in antioxidant-potentiating molecules. He Shou Wu supports the body’s innate ability to efficiently clear superoxide, the highly reactive free radical, from the body. 

 It is widely believed that the SOD-generating capacity of HeShou Wu is one of the reasons it is considered by many to have “anti-aging” and “longevity increasing” activity. 


He Shou Wu contains zinc. Zinc is an essential trace mineral required by all forms of life. Numerous aspects of cellular metabolism are zinc-dependent. Zinc plays important roles in growth and development, the immune response, neurological function and reproduction.

 Zinc is important to our sexual and reproductive functions. 


 He Shou Wu has been found to improve adrenal gland functioning. 


He Shou Wu is unsurpassed in its ability to provide deep, primordial energy (Jingessence) to the cells of the body via the Kidneys.

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