Fo-Ti is a Chinese herb used to tone the chi. Fo-Ti is derived from the
dried roots of a Japanese evergreen called Polygonum multiflorum. In China, where it is
called Ho shou wu, Fo-Ti is said to possess almost magical rejuvenating properties and it
is especially popular with the elderly who believe it can help one maintain hair color,
preserve youthfulness, and restore fertility.
Traditional Chinese herbalists place great emphasis on the shape and age of the Ho shou wu
roots, with the older roots being in great demand. Made into a tea or infusion for oral
ingestion, both Eastern and Western herbalists recommend Fo-Ti as a supplement to maintain
youthful vigor, increase energy, tone the kidneys and liver, and purify the blood. Fo-Ti
is also employed by herbalists as a remedy for insomnia, stomach upset, and diabetes.
Fo-Ti contains a number of glycosides that account for the herb's use as a adaptogen. Ho
shou wu roots may contain compounds that support immune, nervous and hormonal systems
Fo-Ti is often used by athletes to support stamina and endurance and is
suggested to shorten recovery time after a work out.