He Shou Wu (pronounced huh – similar to English "huh", but not as open – shoo woo) is one of the most popular and highly revered tonic herbs in Asian herbalism. Also known as Foti Root, He ShouHe Shou Wu is the prepared tuberous root of Polygonum multiflorum, a plant that grows in the mountains of central and southern China. It shares the position as the primary essence (Jing) tonic of Chinese herbalism with the Goji berry.
In this tradition, by virtue of its ability to accumulate tremendous quantities of 'Qi' into its root, this herb can tonify the human and animal organs and nourish the blood. He Shou Wu is not a stimulant. It is regarded as one of the greatest energy tonics known to mankind. Its action is cumulative. As it is used as a very mild sedative, calming the nervous system, it is said that He Shou Wu is both energizing and calming - the magic of a great tonic herb.
He Shou Wu is particularly used to help maintain the strength and stability of the lower back and knees, to maintain youthful sexual drive, abundant sperm count in men and sustaining the health of the ova in women. It is widely used in Asia to maintain the youthful condition and colour of the hair.
He Shou Wu contains a good source of iron, zinc, antioxidants and antioxidant-potentiating molecules. He Shou Wu appears to support the body’s innate ability to efficiently clear superoxide, the highly reactive free radical, from the body. Free radicals are produced at every moment of our life as part of the living process and our health depends upon our clearing them from our body on a moment to moment basis. This support generally comes from foods and herbs humans consume. It is widely believed that the SOD-generating capacity of He Shou Wu is one of the reasons it is considered by many to have “anti-aging” and “longevity increasing” activity. These actions help maintain healthy physical and mental functions and structures.
The powder can be added to smoothies, milks, and in many other ways.