Fo ti (Ho-Shou-Wu)
Polygonum multiflorum

Fo ti (Ho-Shou-Wu) - Polygonum multiflorum (in the Polygonaceae or Knotweed/ Buckwheat family)

Parts used: Root.

Taste/smell: Bitter, slightly sweet.

Tendencies: Warming.

Dosage: Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 20-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Fo ti is indicated for weak kidneys.

Use: (a) Reduces cholesterol, (b) Reduces atherosclerotic lesions, (c) Antioxidant, (d) Promotes intestinal peristalsis, (e) Promotes the growth and development of red blood cells, (f) Antibacterial.

The processed root is used for deficient yin in the liver and kidney. 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 neuro-asthenia. 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 gray hair, chronic bronchitis, schizophrenia and diabetes.

It is one of the most widely used tonic herbs in traditional Chinese medicine.

Contraindications: Fo ti may cause gastric irritation and is contraindicated with diarrhea.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.