13 August 2008

Fo-TiKnown by the Chinese as he-shou-wu, fo-ti received its name from a man who used the plant to heal his infertility

Health Benefits of Fo-Ti

  • The Asian herb Fo-Ti is used for constipation, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, as an immune enhancer, premature aging, infectious diseases, erectile dysfunction, vaginal discharges, angina pectoris, and weakness, .

Composition-Active Ingredients

  • Fo-ti includes chemical compounds including tannins, tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside, anthraquinones, and phospholipids.
  • Cholesterol levels in the body are lowered by the combination of these chemicals.
  • Work as an antibacterial substance, to stimulate the immune system, and to increase the forming of red blood cells.

Dosage and Administration

  • 4-8 grams, or 1-1 ½ teaspoons can be ingested each day.
  • To prepare tea, boil ½ - 1 teaspoon of root in a cup of water (250 ml) for 10 minutes.
    Drink at least 3 cups daily.
  • Fo-ti can also be taken in tablet form. 500 mg can be ingested three times each day.


  • Because of its laxative action, the herb may cause diarrhea.
  • Taking the unprocessed root may cause skin rash; and overdosage may cause numbness in the extremities.
  • Numbness in the arms and legs can occur when an excess of 15 processed grams of fo-ti are taken daily.


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