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The Fo-ti plant is native to Taiwan and Japan, but originated in China. In traditional Chinese medicine, premature aging, infectious diseases, erectile dysfunction, vaginal discharges, angina pectoris, and weakness are treated with the Fo-ti plant’s root.
Known by the Chinese as he-shou-wu, fo-ti received its name from a man who used the plant to heal his infertility. The medicinal herb then became used throughout China to treat problems including infections, aging, erectile dysfunction, vaginal problems, and angina.
What gives Fo-ti its medicinal properties?
Fo-ti includes chemical compounds including tannins, tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside, anthraquinones, and phospholipids. Cholesterol levels in the body are lowered by the combination of these chemicals. Fo-ti’s abilities to eliminate fatty deposits found in the blood and to prevent atherosclerosis are being researched.
Human studies have not been conducted the prove fo-ti’s suspected ability to work as an antibacterial substance, to stimulate the immune system, and to increase the forming of red blood cells.
Mild side effects such as skin rash and diarrhea may occur while taking fo-ti. Numbness in the arms and legs can occur when an excess of 15 processed grams of fo-ti are taken daily. Side effects are considered minimal.
Dosage and Administration
There is not a recommended daily dose; however, 4-8 grams, or 1-1 ½ teaspoons can be ingested each day. To prepare tea, boil ½ - 1 teaspoon of root in a cup of water (250 ml) for 10 minutes. Drink at least 3 cups daily. Fo-ti can also be taken in tablet form. 500 mg can be ingested three times each day.