Fallopia multiflora and Fo Ti, He Shou Wu is a type of herb native to central China. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and while some of us may still have their doubts, this herb has proved to be an effective remedy for hair loss, depression and infertility.
General uses of Fo TiThe root mimics the structure and effect of the female hormone estrogen, which could be very helpful for women who are struggling to become pregnant or have an estrogen deficit (remember this doesn’t mean that Fo Ti is identical to estrogen). Due to its high lecithin content, He Shou Wu is also believed to slow down premature aging, regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol. It also improves liver, kidney and endocrine function.
How He Shou Wu can help with hair growthFo Ti boosts SOD (superoxide dismutase) activity, a powerful natural antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals slowing down your body processes. This results in anti-ageing effects – some people have even noticed that grey hair comes back to color! The root is also a b-monoamine oxidase inhibitor, which helps towards anti-ageing. With fewer free radicals, your body is able to produce more cells to replace the damaged ones and build new tissues. Therefore, hair follicles are likely to regenerate too, which may lead to hair growth.
Potential side effectsSide effects are rare, not very serious and resolve themselves fairly quickly. The most common side effects include:
- Skin rash
- Numbness – usually if you exceed the daily recommended dose