He Shou Wu, also known by the common names: Fo-ti, seikasku (Japanese), hasuo (Korean) fleeceflower, ha thu o (Vietnamese), has been used throughout the centuries. One of the most known books that give detailed descriptions of its uses was written in 1593! Its root is used widely throughout Asia. It is used for many of its adaptogenic qualities, but one stands out in particular - erectile dysfunction (for males) and lack of libido (for females).
Modern research has revealed reasons that it provides the benefits that He Shou Wu has been traditionally used and additional benefits as well. He Shou Wu has neuroprotective effects - this indicates a potential benefit for people with issues such as Alzheimer's disease. It also seems to help prevent the dopaminergic degeneration caused by toxic pesticide exposure plus improved recall and mental acuity.
We know that regular use of he shou wu stimulates liver and gall bladder function by increasing bile flow, enhances intestinal function and lowers unhealthy cholesterol levels.
He Shou Wu is often used (and mostly known) men with erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, low sperm count and poor sperm mobility. It works very well when combined with Ashwagandha, so yang and morinda root to enhance the effects.
Unprocessed he shou wu (sheng he shou wu) is a strong laxative. It is used internally and topically to clear sores, boils, lymph-adenomas. It is also taken with Artemisia annua to treat people with malaria.
PROPERTIES: Antioxidant, astringent, cholagogue, cholesterol lowering, hepatoprotective, laxative and tumor-inhibiting properties, as well as lecithin and antioxidant polyphenols.
CONSTITUENTS: He shou wu contains anthraquinones, which give it laxative and tumor-inhibiting properties, as well as lecithin and antioxidant polyphenols.