He Shou Wu – Polygonum Knotweed root

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He Shou Wu

Also Known As:

Chinese Cornbind, Chinese Knotweed, Climbing Knotweed, Flowery Knotweed, Fo Ti, Fo-Ti-Tient, Foti, He Shou Wu, He-Shou-Wu, Heshouwu, Ho Shou Wu, Ho-Shou-Wu, Hoshouwu, Multiflora Preparata, Polygonum, Radix Polygoni Multiflori, Radix Polygoni Shen Min, Shen Min, Shou Wu, Shou-Wu, Shouwu, Shou-Wu-Pian, Zhihe Shou Wu, Zhihe-Shou-Wu, Zhiheshouwu, Zi Shou Wu, Zi-Shou-Wu, Zishouwu.



He Shou Wu          Properties: BITTER, SWEET, ASTRINGENT – WARM         Dosage: 9-30g.

Fleeceflower                    Meridian: LIVER, LUNG, KIDNEY

Root                        -nourish blood - tonifies liver & kidney – Yin/blood deficiency

Polygonum         -relieves toxic fire – carbuncles, sores, scrofula, neck lumps

Hosuwu              -moistens intestines - unblocks bowels

                          -expels wind from skin – skin rash



Western Medicine

He shou wu is used for treating lymph node tuberculosis, cancer, and constipation. It is also used orally as a liver and kidney tonic; as a blood and vital essence toner; nourishing muscles, tendons, and bones. He shou wu is also used orally for hyperlipidemia, insomnia, limb numbness, lower back and knee soreness or weakness, premature graying, and dizziness with tinnitus.
Topically,He shou wu is used for sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, and itching.






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