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Four Fortifying Effects of the Legendary Herb He Shou Wu

by Alma Green


He Shou Wu is an incredible herb for physical and spiritual fortification, and has been long revered as one of Chinese Medicine’s most powerful longevity herbs.

According to legend, He Shou Wu, one of Chinese Medicine’s most powerful longevity herbs, can increase your lifespan, make you more virile, and even give you better hair.

He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum), also known as Fo-Ti, is an incredible herb for physical and spiritual fortification, and has been long revered as one of Chinese Medicine’s most powerful longevity herbs.

According to Chinese legend, a man with a weak constitution and chronic frailty, observed a pair of vines that looked like they were making love. After digging up the root and bringing the plant home, a hermit suggested he ingest it. Over the course of years, he turned into a virile and strong man, his white hair shifted from white to black, and he went on to father many children, living past 100 years old.

While the tale may sound too miraculous to be true, it does reflect the very real effects that He Shou Wu has on energy, libido, stress, and even hair. Here are four amazing effects of He Shou Wu:


Boosts Libido

Studies have shown that He Shou Wu can increase testosterone secretion and sperm function in rats, and that it has anti-aging effects on testicular cells. It also enhances blood circulation, and stimulates and harmonizes adrenal gland function. As Justin Faerman writes for Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, He Shou Wu is a kidney Jing Tonic, Jin translating to “vital essence” in Chinese Medicine, referring to “the primordial energy that fuels all life and, by extension, our sexuality and drive.”


Hair Growth

Thousands of first-person reports and a few clinical studies show that He Shou Wu can reverse hair loss and restore color to graying hair. This is attributed to He Shou Wu’s harmonizing effect on the endocrine system and high zinc content.

Studies also show that He Shou Wu contains Radix Polygoni Multiflori (RPM) have been shown to revitalize hair, muscles, and bones. Linda Miriam Aziz-Zadeh expands on this in her blog for Honey Colony:

Studies have found He Shou Wu to contain Radix Polygoni Multiflori (RPM). Prepared RPM exerts hypolipidemic effects. Hypolipidemic agents can lower high levels of fats (lipids), such as cholesterol, in the blood, improving the essence of the blood and nourishing the liver and kidneys. They have also been shown to have revitalizing abilities, such as blackening the hair and beard and strengthening the muscles and bones. RPM exerts its hypolipidemic effects primarily by targeting the gastrointestinal tract, thus inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol.



Studies have found evidence that He Shou Wu stimulates the body to produce longevity-promoting substances such as superoxide dismutase, the most powerful antioxidant in the human body. Faerman writes that it’s also been “credited with reversing many diseases, DNA protection and repair, and extending lifespan in a number of studies.”


Stress Relief

He Shou Wu is classified as a “Shen and Yin tonic” in Traditional Chinese medicine, which correlates with spirit and feminine/receptive energies.

According to Faerman:

In addition to its powerfully rejuvenative physical effects, He Shou Wu benefits and stimulates our intuitive abilities as well, opening us to our deeper spiritual nature and awareness. Users of Fo-Ti often notice a distinct increase in creativity, inspiration, and intuitive guidance, making it an important herb for artists, meditators, or anyone seeking to expand their experience of reality in profound ways.


For an organic, chemical-free source, we recommend Sun Potion’s He Shou Wu Rejuvenation Tonic, a 10:1 extract of the prepared He Shou Wu root wildcrafted in the “Di Tao” Region of Origin in China, which you can find on The Alchemist's Kitchen.