Fo ti is a Chinese herb which is known to help to rejuvenate the body.
It has a positive effect on the brain and nerve cells and the endocrine glands.
Fo ti is extracted in the form of dry, powdered root of a vine belonging to the knotweed family.
This herb is grown abundantly all over China.
The name “fo ti” was given by a trader for popularizing its sale in the US.The actual Chinese name for fo ti is “he-shou-wu”.
A well known ancient herbalist by the name of Chung Yun have lived up to the age of 256.His daily intake of this herb is believed to be reason behind his longetivity.
Today however, there is more research done on fo ti and several benefits have been established.
Fo ti contains substances called lectins which attach to certain carbohydrate groups in the body and behave like antibodies. Lectins inhibit the formation of plaque in the blood and thus keep heart disease at bay.
Fo ti is also believed to be an anti-ageing remedy.
It is thought to be beneficial for blood deficiency, premature graying, nerve damage, eczema, goiter and carbuncles.
It seems to have a role in reversing the process of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Since the main benefit seems to be that of anti-ageing, older people who are beginning to feel the adverse effects of middle-age and old age are the main target group for this herb.
Since it is also acclaimed in its properties of reversing the hair color from grey back to black, it is used by people who are beginning to get grey hair.
A test dose should be used to begin with in order to identify allergic reactions if any.
In rare cases, skin rash was reported after taking fo ti.
There have been a few instances of development of hepatitis. Therefore it should be avoided by liver patients.
Very high doses of fo ti can lead to hypokalemia (deficiency of potassium), resulting in hallucinations and general weakness.
There is a risk in consumption of unprocessed fo ti. Some of the symptoms observed after taking unprocessed fo ti are intestinal problems, nausea and vomiting.
Breastfeeding mothers are advised against taking fo ti as it can enter the breast milk and cause diarrhea.
Even though there is no standardized dosage of this herb, 9 to 15 grams of unprocessed fo ti per day seems to be the norm. In tablet form, up to 500 mg can be taken thrice a day.