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Polygonum multiflorum to restore energy & vigour

Polygonum is one of the most widely used Chinese tonic herbs. As an antioxidant and anti-aging herb, Polygonum acts as a liver & blood tonic, lowers cholesterol, tones muscles and maintains youthful strength.

Polygonum multiflorum

Chinese Name: He Shou Wu
Botanical Name: Polygonum multiflorum
Common Name: Fo-Ti

Polygonum is one of the most widely used Chinese tonic herbs. It is derived from the root of the vine Polygonum multiflorum, from the Buckwheat family. It is famous as a rejuvenating and longevity herb in China, where it is taken to prevent premature aging, increase fertility and maintain youthful strength and vigour.

What areas of the body does Polygonum work on?

Polygonum is a liver and blood tonic for restoring energy and vigour. It strengthens the liver and is a general organ-strengthening herb, particularly where there is exhaustion and severe deficiencies in the body. As well as this, it has been used as a counter measure to many of the effects of aging, such as loss of hair and muscle tone.

There is evidence that it lowers blood cholesterol levels and it is currently being studied for its ability to prevent heart disease and cancer. Studies have shown that this herb helps prevent the development of arteriosclerosis and can help reduce blood lipid levels, however it does not always lower cholesterol. It was also shown to reduce the level of lipid peroxides, being more effective at this than vitamin E.

It tones the "vital essence" of blood and fortifies muscles, tendons and bones. It has been used to help with dizziness associated with tinnitus, for premature greying, knee and lower back pain, as well as numbness of the limbs.

With regard to its help in aging, Polygonum antagonizes ageing through inhibition of a brain monoamine oxidase (MAO-B). As well as this, it helps protect the level of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the body. SOD is a natural antioxidant in the body, which removes the free radical superoxide. It is thought that superoxide may be the most dangerous of the free radicals.

What health complaints can this herb help with?

Polygonum is a herb that can help with the following:

As an antioxidant and anti-ageing herb
Lowers blood cholesterol levels
Tones muscles & tendons
Prevents premature aging
Increases fertility
Maintains youthful strength
Restores energy and vigour
Neurasthenia, especially with insomnia
Weak connective tissue
High blood cholesterol
Premature ageing
Tinnitus, dizziness and blurred vision
Promotion of longevity
A tonic for the elderly
Possibly in nervous system diseases such as epilepsy, neuritis and schizophrenia
A liver and blood tonic. It strengthens the liver and other organs, particularly where there is exhaustion and severe deficiencies.

It has been used to counter the effects of aging, such as loss of hair and muscle tone. It has produced good results in nervous exhaustion with insomnia.

Ideal Health stocks Polygonum in 2 forms - Polygonum liquid extract and in capsules. The capsules are called Fo Ti Root.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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