He Shou Wu, which is scientifically referred to as Polygonum Multiflorum, is also
known by many by other names including Flowery Knotweed, Fo Ti, He Sou Wu and Ho
It is also known as Chinese Knotweed and Fo-Ti-Tieng.
He Shou Wu emanates from China. There is a Chinese legend as to how He Shou Wu got
its name. According to legends, He Shou Wu is the name of the old man who has maintained
youth, remarkable vigor even at an old age and to top it all, he fathered literally
a long list of siblings.
There were no references as to how old he lived or how many children he fathered
but as legend says, the figures were way above what has been recorded in the Guinness
list of greats.
Botanists say that He Shou Wu is derived from the plant genus known as Polygonaceae
Ancient Chinese consider it as the real deal insofar as the search for the genuine
?Fountain of Youth? is concerned.
He Shou Wu is a vine. It has twining herbaceous vine which measures from three to
six feet in length. It also has branches described as reddish, where stems with oval
leaves, grow. Likewise He Shou Wu boasts of its rhizomes which could weigh as much
as six pounds.
It grows in grasslands and forest edges. Incidentally, the plant could also be found
While the He Shou Wu vine grows by as long as six feet and produces rhizomes that
could weigh as much as six pounds, but only its roots are deemed as essential in
the development of herbal therapeutic medicines.
He Shou Wu is commonly used for cholesterol control and weight loss. It also serves
as cure for insomnia, kidney and liver cancers and menstrual syndromes. It was also
developed to enhance sexual activities, an aphrodisiac of sort.
He Shou Wu has properties designed to preserve the beauty of one?s hair. In fact,
Chinese people, who are known to be highly dependent on herbs for their medicines,
claim that He Shou Wu?s half-century old roots effectively preserve natural color
of the hair and prevent hair from turning to gray or white.
It also prevents our hair from thinning. More importantly, it helps maintain a healthy
hair, free from hair loss even as testimonies of the ancient Chinese show that He
Shou Wu promotes hair growth and re-growth.