(That’s pronounced, “huh-show-woo”)
Benefits of He Shou Wu may include:
Concentration: 20:1 Dual Extract
Container Size: 4 oz. | 114 grams
20:1 Dual Extract of Prepared Organic He Shou Wu Extract*
Other Ingredients: None
Suggested Serving Size: ½ teaspoon which is about 2 grams 1-2 x a day, or as directed by a health professional**
Suggestions on usage: This powder can be added directly to smoothies, juices, and protein shakes. The flavor is actually one of the better ones, and would blend well with anything sweet, fruity, or savory. Vanilla undertones give it a versatile and fun base to work with. I use it often in dessert type preparations and love it!! It is already prepared and ready to consume as is- no heat or stewing necessary. Powdered extracts generally mix more easily in warmer temperatures, but a blender can be used to help incorporate the powder into cooler foods and beverages or simply to ensure a more thorough distribution.
*This is NOT merely ground up or powdered raw herb. This powder is a CONCENTRATED EXTRACT.
This story begins with a 58 year old man, frail, impotent, and unmarried, who had turned to alcohol. In a drunken stupor, he had fallen asleep amongst nature, only to awaken to plants that were twisted together, stretching for yards, appearing to him as “making love.” Intrigued by these plants, he dug one up one of the roots and brought it to the village. Though no one could identify it, one wise villager suggested that due to his state of misfortune, this plant might have come to him as a divine tonic to help him. Captivated, and with nothing to lose, he dried the root, ground it up, and took it everyday on an empty stomach. Within seven days, his sexual desire could barely be controlled. Within a few months, he became strong again, and within seven years, all his disease was dissolved. His youthful appearance returned, his health was regained, and his hair was black again! At this time, he not only married, but also fathered 19 children and lived to be 160 years old. He fathered sons who also consumed this herb, one living to be 130 years old, and another, He Shou Wu, who not only lived to be 160 years old, but at the time of his death, still had a full head of black hair.
He Shou Wu and Blood Building
Unless you see an acupuncturist or holistic healer, the idea of building blood may not seem that high up on the list of health priorities. However, blood is extremely important to delivering nutrients to your organs and connective tissues. In traditional Chinese medicine blood is considered the most yin fluid of the body and the mother of qi. This in short, translates to pure motherly nourishment for the mechanisms that produce energy (Think of it as a lubricating oil which keeps a machine running smoothly). A common pathological diagnosis within Chinese medicine is blood deficiency which not only relates to lack of blood, but lack of quality blood, and lack of blood circulation in the necessary organs and network vessels of the body. Some of the symptoms associated with blood deficiency can include greying or balding hair, anxiety with heart palpitations, dry skin, brittle nails/hair, floaters in vision, lack of menstrual cycle or shortened cycle, dizziness/vertigo, insomnia, dull headaches, constipation, fatigue, pale ghostlike complexion, stiffness/pain of the joints, and poor memory.
For those exploring a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, this could be an especially important herb to supplement with. He Shou Wu allows our body to build quality blood, normalize circulation, cleanse, and address the symptoms above. With its mountainous amounts of iron, it is not easily matched in its category. Although some may need it more than others, everyone can benefit from blood building. The truth is, most of us do not get enough iron in our diets, so this particular facet of he shou wu could be potentially helpful for most people.
TCM INFO for Practitioners:
Pin Yin:He Shou Wu
Latin: Polygoni Multiflorum
Category: Tonify Blood
Properties: Bitter, Sweet, Astringent, Slightly Warm.
Channles Entered: Liver, Kidney
Bensky, Materia Medica 3rd Edition.
**Consult a doctor or professional health care practitioner if you are taking prescription drugs, have a medical condition, or are pregnant or nursing. Keep out of reach of children. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.