Fo-Ti

What other names is Fo-ti known by?

Chinese Cornbind, Chinese Knotweed, Climbing Knotweed, Flowery Knotweed, Fo Ti Tieng, Fo-Ti-Tient, He Shou Wu, Ho Shou Wu, Multiflora Preparata, Poligonum, Poligonum Multiflorum, Polygonum, Polygonum multiflorum, Polygonum Multiflorum Thunberg, Racine de Renouée Multiflore, Radix Polygoni Multiflori, Radix Polygoni Shen Min, Renouée, Renouée à Fleurs Nombreuses, Renouée de Chine, Renouée Multiflore, Rhizoma Polygonata, Shen Min, Shou Wu, Shou Wu Pian, Tuber Fleeceflower, Zhihe Shou Wu, Zi Shou Wu.

What is Fo-ti?

Fo-ti is an herb. The processed (cured) root of the plant is used to make medicine.

Fo-ti is used for treating tuberculosis that has spread to the lymph nodes, cancer, inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis), and constipation. It is also used as a liver and kidney "tonic"; as a blood and "vital essence" toner; and to fortify muscles, tendons, and bones. Fo-ti is also used for high cholesterol and other elevated blood fats, trouble sleeping (insomnia), limb numbness, lower back and knee soreness or weakness, premature graying, hair loss, and dizziness with ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Fo-ti is applied directly to the skin for sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, and itching.

In manufacturing, fo-ti extract is used as an ingredient in hair and skin care products.

Don't confuse fo-ti with the commercial product Fo-ti-Teng that contains no fo-ti.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Age-related memory problems. Early research suggests taking fo-ti root (Shenwu) along with Panax ginseng might improve memory in older people.
  • Liver and kidney problems.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Insomnia.
  • Lower back and knee soreness.
  • Premature graying.
  • Dizziness.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of fo-ti for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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