He Shou Wu / Ho Shou Wu (Shou Wu Pian)

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Indications: hair loss (alopsia), grey hair, premature aging...

Clinical Studies:

The Hospital of Prevention and Therapeutics in Shashi, Huben Province, PRC reported a study in which 882 patients took Shou Wu for hair loss. After 3 months 630 patients reported significant hair regrowth. After 6 months all but 48 patients reported some regrowth. (Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research International Journal, Vol. 6, 1981, pp19-31.)

Pharmaceutical name Radix Polygoni Multiflori.  Shou Wu is grown in the provinces of Henan, Guangxii Guizain and Sichian in China. It is harvested in the spring and fall.  It is then dried, processed and formed into tablets.

He Shou Wu is a commonly used herb in many formulas and tonics. It has recently been popularized by its aid in re-growing hair, keeping hair from turning grey prematurely, and keeping it healthy. This is due to the herb's ability to nourish and replenish blood and nourish the kidneys which in turn promote healthy growth of hair.

He Shou Wu strengthens and stabilizes the lower back and knees. It is used to enhance sexual drive, increase sperm count and to strengthen sperm and ova. It is widely used in Asia to maintain the youthful condition and color of the hair. It will calm the nervous system. Because it has components that are potent antioxidants with gentle anti-inflammatory action in the liver, it can clear the eyes. Its strength comes from its remarkable ability to cleanse the body by cleaning the kidney and liver, which in turn clean the blood.
By virtue of its ability to accumulate tremendous quantities of Qi into its root, this herb can tonify these organs and can fortify and nourish the blood. He Shou Wu is also very rich in iron He Shou Wu is not a stimulant. He Shou Wu is extremely rich in potent antioxidants and in antioxidant-potentiating molecules. He Shou Wu stimulates 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 He Shou Wu is one of the reasons it has been found to have anti-aging and longevity increasing activity. SOD protects our cells from DNA damage, lipid peroxidation, ionizing radiation damage, and many forms of progressive cell degradation.
He Shou Wu is extremely rich in 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. Zinc is critical to reproductive health. He Shou Wu has been found to enhance fundamental immunological functions. He Shou Wu has been found to improve adrenal gland functioning.

The Legend of He Shou Wu

Over 1,000 years ago, an elderly man, Mr. He, could no longer work his farm, and there was no food because of famine. Mr. He went up into the mountains to search for food. After many months he returned to his village, and the people noticed many changes in Mr. He. His thinning hair had darkened and thickened, and he appeared more spry and younger. The villagers wanted to know Mr. He's secret. Mr. He replied he had survived on a root known as Shou Wu. In honor of Mr. He's discovery, this herb is also known as He Shou Wu. It is also known as foti.


Applications in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Shou Wu is used to enrich liver and kidney Yin. Kidney Yin is responsible for vitality and youthfulness, including the color and growth of hair, strength of the legs and back and memory. Liver yin is responsible for clarity of thought and the eyes. We are born with a finite supply of Yin and we deplete it as we age or when we are under stress. It is thought in TCM that Shou Wu helps to replenish the liver and kidney Yin, and thereby helps to improve functions for which the liver and kidney are responsible.


Ingredients: 100% Polygonum Multiflorum


Dosage: 2 times a day, 2 to 3 tablets each time


60 tablets x 1500mg (300mg. x 5:1) by "Min Tong Pharmaceutical"

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