He Shou Wu/ Fo-ti
He Shou Wu/ Fo-ti
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In Chinese medicine, he shou wu is used to nourish the liver, kidneys, blood and jing (essence). It can be used to treat people with yin or blood deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, anemia, poor vision, low back pain, and premature graying of the hair. It can be used for impotence, excess vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding, weak knees and ankles. It has been used in martial arts as a liniment for bruises. Fo-ti is indicated for weak kidneys
Reduce cholesterol, reduces atherosclerotic lesions, antioxidant, promotes intestinal peristalsis, promotes the growth and development of red blood cells, antibacterial The processed root is used for deficient yin in the liver and kidneys. For the musculoskeletal system, it is indicated for lower back and knee pain, weakness in the knees, numbness in the legs, weakness in general and neurasthenia. It is useful in numerous conditions including anemia, weak seminal emission, white or yellowish vaginal discharges, swollen lymph nodes, boils and carbuncles, vertigo, insomnia, premature grey hair, chronic bronchitis, schizophrenia and diabetes.
Properties: Antioxidant, astringent, cholagogue, cholesterol lowering, hepatoprotective, laxative, and neuroprotective
In animal studies, it promotes increased adrenal and thyroid hormone secretions, enhanced T lymphocyte and macrophage activity, and prolonged life spans of various animals.
Used for lack of libido poor sperm motility and low sperm count. It can be combined with ashwagandha to enhance the effects.
Herb drug interactions: avoid use with hepatotoxic medications such as acetaminophen, tetracycline and statin drugs.