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Native to China, fo-ti is a flowering vine with a woody tuber. Fo ti, Polygonum multiflorum, is referred to as he shou wu in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Fo-ti root is employed in TCM for its wellness-supporting properties and to energetically nourish the heart and calm the spirit. Typical preparations include decocting and tincturing. Fo-Ti belongs to the Polygonaceae family.

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Fo-ti has red stems, heart shaped leaves and either white or pink flowers. The literal English translation of its name is "vine to pass through the night." With a distinctive sweet yet bitter taste, fo-ti was thought to unblock the channels of energy through the body, allowing the escape of the pathogenic influences that cause generalized weakness, soreness, pain, and fatigue.

Depending on the method of processing, there are four different types of fo-ti on the market: raw, cured, wine, and steamed. Raw and cured are the most used, and the ones mostly imported into the US. Another use of the herb is bringing color back to graying hair. The Chinese nickname for the herb, ho shou wu, literally means "Mr. He's Black Hair," Mr. He being a man of Chinese legend who restored his youth and sexual potency by taking fo-ti tea. Chinese tradition teaches that the herb should be used by itself or cured in the water used to cook black beans for this purpose. The curing of fo-ti has been found to increase the phosphates (presumably lecithin) by close to 30%, also increasing the sugar content. According to TCM, the production of traditional fo-ti root is revered and kept as a close secret. However, the basic process involves curing raw fo-ti roots in a soup of black bean sauce. This product does not contain gluten.

PrecautionsCured in a black bean sauce. Contains soy. Excessive use may cause gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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According to an older lab study, fo-ti extract was found to have high estrogen activity. For reference, the researchers found that fo-ti had about 1/300th of the estrogen activity of estradiol (a form of estrogen).

Some researchers believe that active components of fo-ti may help treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, both commonly associated with older age. Human trials have yet to be conducted to support this.

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Organic Fo-ti Powder (Ho Shou Wu) from Indigo Herbs is a finest quality Organic Foti Powder (Polygonum multiflorum) root stewed with black beans. Fo Ti is highly praised in China, second only to Ginseng. Fo-ti powder can be added to a little food or liquid and taken daily.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the quality, manufacture and suggested use of this herbal powder. We are unable to advise you here on the benefits of our herbal products, however we do recommend you take the opportunity to research the many benefits of this herb. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals. Please consult an Herbalist as to how this product can benefit you.

This herbal powder can be re-hydrated in water or fruit juice, it can be encapsulated or added to a herbal powder blend. Please consult the Herbal Materia Medica or Medical Herbalist for this botanical ingredients uses.

Indigo Herbs Organic Fo-ti Powder is the traditionally prepared Ho Shou Wu powder that is stewed for 32 hours with black beans according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. When the organically grown Polygonum multiflorum vine has reached the required maturity the root is dug up, cleaned, inspected for quality and prepared for stewing with the black beans. The whole process takes quite a number of hours until the preparation is ready. Then the preparation is dehydrated into a cake and milled into a fine powder. The resulting Fo-ti Powder is then checked for foreign bodies, heavy metals and bacteria before being shipped.

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Fo-Ti Extract is a natural supplement that helps promote healthy hair and overall health and wellness. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the body healthy, and it may help improve sleep quality and promote a healthy mood.

Fo-ti root (Polygonum multiflorum) boasts many health benefits but is most famous for promoting healthy hair. It is rich in flavonoids and may help support sleep, mood, and improve cognition. Fo-ti may also have natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Always consult your health care provider before taking any supplements. Pregnant or lactating women, people with existing medical conditions, or people taking medications should consult their health care provider/s before taking any dietary supplement. If you experience any adverse condition after taking this dietary supplement, discontinue use immediately and consult your health care provider.

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One of the most important issues in women's health concerns the risks and benefits of estrogen replacement therapy. Continual uncertainty and lack of consensus regarding estrogen replacement therapy has driven many women to seek alternative sources of estrogen, including herbal remedies. We adapted a recombinant cell bioassay to measure estrogen bioactivity in herbs. We studied, in vitro, estrogen bioactivity in red clover, dong quai, black cohosh, soy, licorice, chaste tree berry, fo-ti, and hops. Soy, clover, licorice, and hops have a large amount of measurable estrogen bioactivity, as suspected, based on previous reports using other methods. We discovered surprisingly high estrogen activity in extracts of fo-ti not previously reported. Chaste tree berry, black cohosh, and dong quai did not have measurable activity with this method. We also discovered that removal of a glycone group from soy increases its estrogen bioactivity significantly. We conclude that this recombinant cell bioassay for estradiol can be used to measure bioactivity in herbal products. The preparations of fo-ti studied had estrogen activity of 409 +/- 55 pmol/liter estradiol equivalents per microgram of herb, which is 1/300 the activity of 17 beta-estradiol. Clinical studies are underway to determine the estrogen bioactivity in women using dietary supplements containing these herbs. 041b061a72


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