Fo-ti Herbal Remedies
Chinese herbalists consider fo-ti to be an adaptogenic and longevity herb. They use it to replenish and strengthen the blood and tonify the liver and adrenals with such symptoms as dizziness, general weakness, prematurely graying hair, constipation, nocturnal emissions, and sterility. Fo-ti is also a good cardiovascular herb and has been shown to be effective for lowering serum cholesterol. Preparations of the herb are used for relieving chronic constipation, sores, swollen lymph nodes, chronic boils, and rashes. Fo-Ti has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of WARM.
Fo-ti Proper Dose
|Fo-ti Decoction||1 cup 2-3 x daily|
|Fo-ti Tincture||1 dropperful 2-3 x daily|
Fo-ti Reference Information
|Latin Name||Polygonum multiflorum|
|Other Names||He shou wu|
|Part Used||Prepared Root|
|Herb Forms||Capsule, tablet, tincture, bulk herb, powder.|
|Affects||Cardiovascular system, Liver, Urinary system|
|Cautions||Contraindicated for persons with weak digestion or diarrhea.|
|Botanical Info||A rampant vine from China and the buckwheat family which can grow up to thirty feet tall, with nearly heart-shaped leaves and sprays of small white flowers.|
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