Fo-ti is an adaptogen herb that’s commonly used in Chinese traditional formulas, but is also used in countries like Japan, Vietnam, and Taiwan in nourishing the blood, kidneys, and liver. It’s popularity in the United States has increased due to its excellent healing and restoring properties. Indications shown in modern research that this herb has rejuvenating effects on brain cells, endocrine glands, and on the nerves due to it containing alkaloid. Portions of the adrenal gland gets stimulated and assist in detoxifying the body, which in turn, rejuvenates hair health, sexual vigor, and energy.
1. Anti-aging Effects: Pharmacology studies show that ho-shou-wu extract improves the cardiovascular system, enhances immune functions, slows the degeneration of glands, increases antioxidant activity, and reduces the accumulation of lipid peroxidation, all of which may be taken into account for anti-aging effects of ho-shou-wu.
2. Hepatic Protection: Ho-shou-wu extract was shown to have effects on the hepatic antioxidant system superoxide dismutase (SOD), accumulation of lipid peroxidase, enhancement of cell-mediated immune responses, and lowering cholesterol, all of which are helpful and preventive for liver dysfunctions.
3. Alopecia & premature graying of hair: Ho-shou-wu has also been investigated to treat alopecia and premature graying of hair. Alopecia may arise from numerous causes.
4. Constipation: The anthraquinones containing in ho-shou-wu extract tend to cause soft stool and may even cause slight diarrhea, which is helpful for patients suffering from constipation.