He Shou Wu - Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root

TCM Materia Medica

He Shou Wu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "he shou wu" which in english is He Shou Wu herb"polygonum, fleeceflower root", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits bitter (ku), sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, augments essence - yin and/or blood deficiency w/dizziness, blurred vision, prematurely grey hair, weakness in the lower back and knees, sore limbs, insomnia, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge; neither cold, drying, nor too cloying.
  • Relieves toxic fire - carbuncles, sores, scrofula, neck lumps.
  • Moistens intestines - constipation associated with blood deficiency.
  • Expels wind from skin by nourishing the blood.
  • Chronic malaria w/qi and blood deficiency.

He Shou Wu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: constipation, dizziness (vertigo), insomnia, malaria, spermatorrhea and/or vision problems

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, he shou wu is generally included in the following 8 formulas:

  • Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction) - Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood defic…
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  • Geng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause) - Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, moo…
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  • Jiang Dan Gu Chun Wan (Contribute To Youthfulness Pills) - For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening me…
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  • Qi Xue Da Bu Wan (Nourish Qi & Blood Pills) - Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold. Low…
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  • Ren Shen Shou Wu Wan (Ginseng Fo-Ti Pills) - Hair loss, dry hair, greying hair as a result of dimished j…
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  • Shen Jing Shuai Ruo Wan (Stress Reducing Pill) - For common variants of the modern western lifestyle - in Ch…
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  • Shou Wu Wan (Polygonum Multiflorum Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Tong Bian Wan (Constipation Pills) - Constipation from heat or fire that has damaged the yin flu…
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    As noted above, he shou wu is within the herbs that tonify blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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