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 Fo-Ti is the blood-tonifying herb Polygonum multiflorum. It is also known as He shou wu. Traditionally it is best known for nourishing and restoring graying hair to its natural color. (Note: hair grows approximately one-half inch per month so if you want to improve your hair we suggest you try it for two to three months to judge its effects.) Fo-ti nourishes and improves the function of the Liver, Kidneys, and blood. Li Ching Yuen, a famous Chinese herbalist who reportedly lived to be 256 years old, used Fo-Ti on a daily basis. This herb is thought to have been responsible for his long life although as an herbalist he probably used many other tonic herbs. In another Chinese legend Fo-ti was thought to be responsible for returning natural black color to a previously gray-haired man. The real Chinese name of Polygonum multiflorum is "He Shou Wu" which translates as "black haired Mr. He."  Research has shown it may work as a preventative medicine.

The Origin of the Name Fo-ti:

  Many websites repeat the legend that "The name Fo Ti was given to the plant by a marketer in the early 1970s for the American herb business." If this was true then why the name Fo-ti? The Chinese name for Polygonum Multiflorum is "He shou wu". Fo-ti doesn't sound anything like that name and has no meaning in Chinese. Our East Earth Trade Winds herbalist says that one of his Chinese herb class teachers at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture (around 1982) told the following story about the origins of the name Fo-ti.

There was a discussion about a powerful herb, Fu zi (aconite), between a Chinese herbalist and an American. On learning that this herb could strengthen the heart, kidneys, and adrenal function the American wanted to buy it. The Chinese herbalist fearing that the American would injure himself or others because he wouldn't understand or appreciate how to use it properly sold him Polygonum Multiflorum instead. This "Fu zi" or "Fo ti" as it became known was still a powerful tonic herb but Polygonum multiflorum is very safe to use. The herb was marketed as Fo-ti and became popular and to this day it is known in the USA as "Fo-ti".

Contains: 100% Polygonum Multiflorum 何首乌 (Chinese: He shou wu; AKA: Fo-ti).

Size: 100 capsules

Use 2-6 capsules per day or as needed. Safe for long-term use.

Note: The efficacy of this product has not been confirmed by research. Traditional use does not establish that the product will achieve the claimed results.


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