The Legend of He Shou Wu
1,000 years ago, an elderly man, Mr. He, could no longer work his farm, and there was no food because of famine. Mr. He went
up into the mountains to search for food. After many months he returned to his village, and the people noticed many changes
in Mr. He. His thinning hair had darkened and thickened, and he appeared more spry and younger. The villagers wanted to know
Mr. He's secret. Mr. He replied he had survived on a root known as Shou Wu. In honor of Mr. He's discovery, this herb is also
known as He Shou Wu. It is also known as foti.
About Shou Wu
The Hospital of Prevention and Therapeutics in Shashi, Huben Province, PRC reported a study in which 882
patients took Shou Wu for hair loss. After 3 months 630 patients reported significant hair regrowth. After 6 months all but
48 patients reported some regrowth. (Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research International Journal, Vol. 6, 1981, pp19-31.)
Radix Polygoni Multiflori. Shou Wu is grown in the provinces of Henan, Guangxii Guizain and Sichian in China. It is
harvested in the spring and fall. It is then dried, processed and formed into tablets. According
to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Shou Wu is used to enrich liver and kidney Yin. Kidney Yin is responsible
for vitality and youthfulness, including the color and growth of hair, strength of the legs and back and memory. Liver yin
is responsible for clarity of thought and the eyes. We are born with a finite supply of Yin and we deplete it as we age or
when we are under stress. It is thought in TCM that Shou Wu helps to replenish the liver and kidney Yin, and thereby helps
to improve functions for which the liver and kidney are responsible.
3-5 Tablets each time, 2-3 times
daily just before meals with warm water. Begin gradually with 1-2 tablets each time twice a day. Increase dosage over the
next 2 weeks until you are taking 3-5 tablets each time, 2-3 times a day. Decrease dosage if stools become too loose for comfort.
Maximum dosage should be taken until results are achieved. Allow 3-6 months to notice results.
Continue with maximum dosage for at least 1
year, then begin to reduce dosage gradually over 3-4 months until you are taking 2-3 tablets each time, 1-2 times daily. If
thinning reoccurs, increase dosage gradually to maximum dosage and repeat procedure.
product is imported from Shanghai, China. The tablets are 200 mg each of 12:1 Shou Wu root extract, which is a highly
concentrated form of the active ingredient. There is a minimal amount of magnesium stearate and pharmaceutical glaze
(clear coating) used in tableting. There are no sugars or artificial colors. The shelf life of the tablets is indefinite.
recommended for those with loose stools, colitis, or other intestinal disorders. According to the Physicians Desk Reference
Manual for Herbs, there are no interactions with any medications; the only contraindications are as noted here for intestinal
disorders. (PDR: p. 703)
and Alcohol will reduce the effectiveness of this