Ho Shou Wu

Ho Shou Wu

Ho Shou Wu is an herb derived from the tuberous roots of the plant. Commonly used in TCM for it’s ability to prevent and perhaps even reduce grey hair as well as having some benefit in treating alopecia. Recent research into the potential use in prevention of neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimers) has created a need for further research into it’s therapeutic actions.

Known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, similar to the properties of resveratrol found in red wine

This herb is regarded as safe, with little toxicity so prolonged use is fine.

It’s a good source of iron (perhaps not so great for the suffering from hashimoto’s) but for others it’s great.

According to CMT it has the ability to tonight and nourish the blood, it is not a stimulant but is a fantastic energy tonic. figure that one out folks. Because of it’s mild sedative effect, it helps to calm the nervous system. How crazy is that? It’s both energizing and calming at the same time.

It’s a great tonic for the endocrine system, it improves health, stamina and prevents disease. 

Due to the lecithin it has cholesterol reducing properties.

It’s been used for bloody stools, hypoglycemia, diabetes, night sweats, chronic bronchitis, head injuries, importance, schizophrenia, epilepsy, ringworm, cuts and getting rid of intestinal parasites. 

It aids in immune function. It has been linked to cancer fighting properties although more studies are needed.

Great for your adrenals as it is very supportive of your adrenals and improve their function. For all you science geeks out there, check this out: 

To date they have found He Shou Wu contains leucoanthrocyanides (LAC) which are anti-inflammatory, Chrysophanol, Emodin, Rhapontin, Phenolic Glucosides, Nitrogen, Minerals, Starch (up to 50%), Unsaturated Fat, Lecithin, and Oxymethylanthroquinone. (Keep in mind these are only the ones the can identify –There may be hundreds more). Research has demonstrated that Polygonum multiflorum can very significantly increase superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity. SOD is a powerful natural antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been demonstrated to have powerful anti-aging benefits in humans. Polygonum multiflorum also inhibits b -monoamine oxidase (b -MAO). Both of these factors contribute to the anti-aging effects of this herb. Polygonum multiflorum has been demonstrated to help strengthen the membranes of erythrocytes (red blood cells) and to promote the growth and development of erythrocytes. Polygonum multiflorum has been found to induce the production in human beings of g-interferon. Polygonum multiflorum is being used clinically in China for patients suffering from Schizophrenia. It is generally combined with Shen stabilizing herbs such as Ziziphus and Polygonum stem. Reportedly, results have been good.

He Shou Wu is good to strengthen the muscles and tendons. It is also very beneficial for the nerves. It is used for backaches, knee joint pain, traumatic bruises, and neurasthenia. It has been used to lower blood pressure. Many people say it helps them to fall asleep at night also. The list really is too long to go over every benefit, feel free to do a little digging on your own. 

Who should not use ho shou wu?

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