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Commonly known as Chinese
knotweed, He Shou Wu (pronounced ho-shoe-wu) is a Chinese herb obtained from the
tuberous roots of Polygonum multiflorum. Polygonium multiflorum
root tuber is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a tonic and an anti-aging
remedy, particularly for hair loss and premature graying of hair.
He Shou Wu has its roots in folklore, which tells of a man named Mr. Ho who regularly
consumed the roots of Polygonum multiflorum for its reported ability to
supplement the body’s qi (chi) or vital energy and nourish the skin.
use of the plant, Mr. Ho’s gray hair reportedly turned black, and so the new name
was born: He = Mr. Ho; shou = head; wu = black. This
has led to the continued traditional use of He Shou Wu as an herb that plays a role
in rejuvenating the appearance of hair.
In recent years, Polygonium multiflorum
root has also become popular in the Americas, especially as an ingredient in dietary
supplements promoting hair growth. This application is supported by experimental
studies based on the biological mode of action and clinical research demonstrating
the efficacy and safety of Polygonium multiflorum root extract in the prevention
of age-related hair loss; while also improving hair thickness and appearance.
He Shou Wu is used as a natural herbal solution to help reduce hair loss and enhance
hair growth in men and women.†