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Fo Ti Root

Veterinarian Reviewed on November 15, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Fo-Ti Root (Polygonum multiflorum)

Fo-ti root has long been used as a remedy in China. It is said to be the “Elixir of Life” and is credited with keeping one vigorous and extending their life span. In China its most famous quality is that of a longevity herb. Over the centuries, it has acquired a reputation of being a rejuvenator and sexual tonic. In traditional Chinese medicine it is commonly used for vaginal discharges (antimicrobial action), infectious diseases, premature aging, angina, and impotence.


Fo-ti grows prolifically in Eastern Asia, along streams and in valley thickets in Malaysia, China and other countries in this region. It grows over 4-½ meters in height and flowers from September through October. It grows well in light shade or full sun and requires a moist soil.

Uses of Fo-Ti Root

Western medicine primarily uses Fo-ti for strengthening overall vitality and restoring energy. It is said to nourish muscles, bones and tendons, and help relieve low back pain, knee pain and weakness, dizziness, tinnitus, and insomnia.

Fo-ti root is credited with lowering cholesterol and is being investigated for its immune system benefits, antibacterial qualities, and reputed ability to increase red cell formation.

Benefits of Fo-ti Root

According to the traditional Oriental herbalists, the benefits of the unprocessed root are very different from those of the processed root. They state that the processed root will provide a superior medicine as compared to the unprocessed. Another factor considered by the Chinese herbalists is the age of the root. They feel that the older roots are superior in their qualities to the younger roots. This makes the older roots more expensive and in demand.

More recent studies have indicated that one of the alkaloids in the rood have rejuvenating effects on the endocrine system, brain cells and nerves. By stimulating the adrenal gland it will help to detoxify the body, rejuvenate sexual vigor, hair health and energy. The value of increasing the energy makes it popular with athletes in China, especially body builders.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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