Ho Shou Wu - Powder (Fo Ti Root) Certified Organic (8 oz)
All Fo-Ti root is cured in a black bean solution during processing.
Also known as- Polygonum multiflorum, he shou wu, fleeceflower vine, polygonum flower, climbing knotweed, flowery knotwood, Chinese cornblind.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fo-Ti is one of the herbs used to nourish the heart and calm the spirit. It has red stems, heart shaped leaves and either white or pink flowers. The literal English translation of its name is "vine to pass through the night." With a distinctive sweet yet bitter taste, fo-ti was thought to unblock the channels of energy through the body, allowing the escape of the pathogenic influences that cause generalized weakness, soreness, pain, and fatigue. The plant is also used as a wash for itching and skin rashes. Another use of the herb is bringing color back to graying hair. The Chinese nickname for the herb, ho shou wu, literally means "Mr. Ho's Black Hair," Mr. He being a man of Chinese legend who restored his youth and sexual potency by taking Fo-Ti tea. Chinese tradition teaches that the herb should be cured in the water used to cook black beans for this purpose. The curing of Fo-Ti has been found to increase the phosphates-presumably lecithin-by close to 30%, also increasing the sugar content.
Used as a tonic for yin and blood, nourishing the hair, strengthening the bones and muscles, and used to treat pale complexion, dizziness, tinnitus, premature greying of hair, weakness of loins and knees, numbness of extremities, metrorrhagia, metrostaxis, profuse leukorrhea, weakness, and hyperlipemia. During the past thousand years in China, processed ho-shou-wu has been used to nourish the liver and kidney, promote the growth of hair, and treat premature greying of hair and for rejuvenation. The traditional indication for Fo-Ti is also insomnia with nightmares. Useful for skin conditions such as scrofula, sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, pruritus, inflammations, constipation, hyperlipemia.
Caution: Not to be used while pregnant. Excessive use may cause gastro-intestinal upset and diarrhea.
How our Fo-Ti powder is made:
The Fo-Ti is soaked with a decoction of black bean (boil black bean with water, then, the water becomes black color).
It is then dried to about 60% dried.
Then they soak it with rice wine.
And then they steam it for several hours.
After these processes, the color of the Fo-ti root becomes very dark brown.
The cured Fo-ti is then dried into a powder.