Four Sigma Foods 101 – He Shou Wu
Posted on 12th September 2012, by Four Sigma Foods.

Four Sigma Foods 101 – He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu, sometimes also called Fo-Ti, has a very interesting history and the story of discovery. He Shou Wu’s history states all the way back to around 800 AD. That was the time when 58 years old Mr. He woke up with his hangover from a drunken sleep in a field. Some people say that Mr. He drunk often as he was badly depressed from being impotent all his life. That morning when he woke up and saw soon-to-be-called He Shou Wu plants in front of him, Mr. He said that those plants reminded him of two lovers. For this reason, he decided to dug up the roots of a He Shou Wu plant, and to all his surprise they brought to mind two humans – male and female. That got to be a sign!

Mr. He decided to give it a shot. He ground the roots into a powder and took the powder daily from thereafter. Within months he started to have sexual urges for the first time in his life, and within a year his snow-white hair turned back to pitch-black again. Therefore the Chinese name He Shou Wu – Mr. He’s Black Hair.

Mr. He got married, and also his wife started to take He Shou Wu. The legend says that Mr. He got 12 children altogether and he lived up to 130 years old. His children also took He Shou Wu powder, and one is said to have lived even up to 150 years old. Also Li Ching Yuen, a Chinese herbalist and martial artist, who died in 1933 is known for taking He Shou Wu daily. He is claimed to be born in 1736 or 1677, which both suggest a lifespan of 197 to 256 years.

He Shou Wu has been demonstrated to increase superoxide dismutase (SOD – the most powerful antioxidant in the human body)

Why To Use He Shou Wu

Stories above suggest that He Shou Wu is a real tonic and longevity herb. It has been praised for centuries for its ability to enhance our youth. It’s said to hit our body from all angles including muscular, immune, nervous, and skeletal systems as well as our blood generation and fertility. It’s the perfect food for slowing down and works wonderfully for people who need to reduce cholesterol or rebuild their adrenal levels.

He Shou Wu has been demonstrated to increase superoxide dismutase (SOD – the most powerful antioxidant in the human body) and to inhibit b-monoamine oxidase (b -MAO). These factors brace He Shou Wu’s anti-aging effects. Furthermore, He Shou Wu has been shown to help strengthen the cell membranes and to promote the growth and development of red blood cells.

How To Use He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu is not the easiest herb to find from the Western world. It is rather unknown outside of TCM’s (Traditional Chinese Medicine) sphere of influence (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore) and the availability especially for the higher quality of the herb is low.

If you can find some fresh He Shou Wu root, you can easily grind it and make an infusion or decoction. It is important to prepare the root to remove it’s laxative properties. Additionally, you can make tincture or He Shou Wu wine by adding some herb powder to alcohol, for instance vodka, and leave it in a cool, dark spot for 3-6 weeks.

Dietary supplements are a good way to start using He Shou Wu if you are alright with eating capsules. In that case make sure that you eat the kind of supplements that have as little fillers as possible.

Where To Find He Shou Wu

You may find some He Shou Wu dietary supplements from your local health foods stores or major international online stores.


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