History Of Chinese Herb (Polygonum Multiflorum)
One of the most popular herbs in Chinese medicine has the botanical name Polygonum multiflorum.
This prolific vine has heart-shaped leaves and several different names: Chinese knotweed, fo ti, flowered fleece, and jiaotang (twisted vine) to name a few.
One name describes how it works as a medicine: He shou wu (Mr. He with black hair).
The ancient Chinese names often have a detailed history accompanying them, and that of Ho Shou wu is rich from this point of view. It is that of a single middle-aged alcoholic who found love and redemption through a mysterious root.
As a young man, Mr. He could not have children. With no family to raise, He considered himself a failure, and depression led him to drink. His strength left him, his hearing and his eyesight weakened, as his hair turned gray at a young age.
In the middle of his fifties, Mr. He got drunk every night but got so intoxicated one day that he couldn’t make it to his bed. Waking up in a field the next morning, he saw two twisted vines meandering above his head. Intrigued by this sign (which he interpreted as a loving couple), he dug up the root and showed it to the whole village, but no one recognized it.
A monk (or in other versions, a jester) advised He to eat the root, saying that it would restore his fertility. Without having anything to lose, he decided to try it. After taking the herb daily for several weeks, He’s health problems disappeared and he regained his youthful vigor. He married a local widow and they had 19 children. His hair became black again and remained so until his death, at the age of 160.
Why has it been used for centuries to prevent greying of hair?
Traditional Chinese medicine “Ho Shou Wu” is known for its beneficial capillary action which boosts the energy of the liver and kidney. These two filtering organs of the organism are indeed capable, when stimulated, of bringing about a deep regeneration of the body.
The Ho Shou Wu plant (which literally means “Mr. Ho has black hair”). It takes its name from the millennial legend which tells that General Ho, condemned to die in a prison cell without water and without food, found to eat only one plant with rapid development and of which he consumed a small number of roots or leaves: Polygonum multiflorum (knotweed multiflora).
After a year, the jailers discovered with surprise a General Ho not only rejuvenated but also endowed with a magnificent mane of black ebony.
How can we use this herb on our hair?
This Chinese tonic believed to cleanse the blood and stimulate energy, as well as fortify hair and teeth. If you want your gray hair to go black, you will have to take it every day for years (before and after photos).
It is also known to be taken regularly, a powerful sexual tonic and to increase the production of sperm in men and fertility in women.
2 tablespoons of SHOU WU CHIH or SUPER SHOU WU, in a cup of hot water.
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The herb’s uses and benefits.
Polygonum multiflorum is rich in lecithin, a lipid naturally produced by the liver.
As a phospholipid, lecithin:
- Strengthens the cell membrane and preserves its elasticity.
- Contributes to lowering cholesterol in the liver by stimulating the assimilation of fats.
- It strengthens the cellular tissue of the brain, nervous tissue, and spinal cord.
We also find in Ho Shou Wu emodin, the active principle of rhubarb and buckthorn, whose laxative and purgative action is now scientifically recognized.
But the rarest substance in Polygonum multiflorum is rhein. This natural active ingredient (also a laxative) strengthens bone cartilage and is currently used in conventional treatments to prevent the breakdown of cartilage in osteoarthritis.
There is no such side effects of polygonum herbs. It’s used for more than one thousand years in Chinese medicine, and it is totally safe. But some scientific studies, few cases of liver damage have been reported. if you take it in a large amount, it can be the cause of stomach disorder or diarrhea.
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