He Shou Wu or Fo-ti Root
Some would equate this herb as having magical powers for the profound results it has on us. Many folk stories back up this claim by driving home this testament.
One such story tells of an old man thrown in a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit and left for dead. After years of imprisonment the king sent soldiers to collect his remains. However, when the soldiers expected to collect rag and bone, what they were shocked to find instead was the old man restored to his youth, grey hair gone and his vital life force completely intact. The imprisoned man happened to be an ethno-botanist and had a clear understanding of the medicinal qualities of plants. One such plant was He Shou Wu, which grew like a weed between his cell walls, sustaining him for all those years.
‘He Sho Wu’ literally translates as ‘black haired Mr. He’ and is known for turning grey hair back to its natural coloring.
This adaptogen falls into the rare category of ‘Super Tonic Herbs’, which support yin organs, has powerful anti-aging properties, specific to the kidney, liver and reproductive organs. He Shou Wu revitalizes the libido in both men and woman by nourishing the sexual organs and strengthens both ones essence and blood.
The liver is considered one of the two major organs responsible for our bloodstream. When we experience lower back pain, redness in the eyes, stagnation in our blood or blemishes on our skin, it becomes a sign that our liver isn’t functioning properly. He Shou Wu is a powerful antioxidant and blood purifier while simultaneously tonifying the liver. This plant, there by becomes a powerful blood builder safe-guarding us from dis-eases such as anemia and diabetes.
In general He Shou Wu is a tonic to the endocrine system, supports stamina, resistance to diseases and reduces cholesterol. It guards against night sweats, insomnia, schizophrenia, head injuries, impotence, malaria, ringworm and intestinal parasites. This root enhances immune function, slows the degeneration of glands by increasing antioxidant activity and protects against damage to our DNA, honing in on the anti-aging process.
For best medicinal potency simmer a hand full of roots in a gallon or two of water until it has simmered down to half the amount. This root works great with Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Reishi mushrooms and Licorice, or a slow cooked congee porridge.