He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu illustrationPolygonum multiflorum

Part used: Root

Energetics: Slightly warming, bitter, sweet

Actions: Antibacterial, antioxidant

Indications: Dizziness, blurred vision, insomnia, anaemia, infertility, premature greying hair

This is one of the most popular and highly revered tonic herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Along with goji berry it is the main Jing tonic – the primary essence in maintaining functional energy reserves. As such it is renowned for its ability to restore adrenals, counter exhaustion, enhance energy, adapt to stress, potentiate hormones, support libido, and maintain normally abundant sperm count in men and healthy ova in women.

He Shou Wu is a good source of iron, zinc and rich in antioxidants and antioxidant-potentiating molecules which combat oxidative stress and have been shown to result in powerful anti–ageing and life extending properties, maintaining healthy physical and mental functions by toning the kidneys and liver, fortify the muscles, tendons and bones and support immunological functions.

It is also widely used in Asia to maintain the youthful condition and colour of the hair and help turn grey hair back to its original colour. In fact, his is where the name originated, which means “black haired Mr. He”. Mr He, the main character of an ancient story and who this herb is named after, restored his vitality and youthful appearance by taking He Shou Wu.

Today it is also used for treatment of various medical conditions and diseases such as liver injury, diabetes, alopecia, atherosclerosis, and even neurodegenerative diseases. As a tonic herb, it brings the systems back into balance, systemically energising or calming where needed.

He Shou Wu is used in our Sex Dust.