He Shou Wu:

  • One of the best herbs for calming the body and the mind
  • builds up the body’s reserve of sexual energy.
  • The Chinese nickname for the herb, ho shou wu, literally means “Mr. He’s Black Hair,” Mr. He being a man of Chinese legend who restored his youth and sexual potency by taking Fo-Ti tea.
  • He Shou Wu strengthens and stabilizes the lower back and knees. It is used to enhance sexual drive, increase sperm count and to strengthen sperm and ova.
  • He Shou Wu is extremely rich in zinc. Zinc is an essential trace mineral. Numerous aspects of cellular metabolism are zinc-dependent. Zinc plays important roles in growth and development, the immune response, neurological function, and reproduction. Zinc is important to our sexual and reproductive health.
  • Ho Shou Wu is unsurpassed in its ability to provide deep, primordial energy (Jing, essence) to the cells of the body via the Kidney system as described in Chinese health philosophy. Ho Shou Wu supplements the human body’s “functional reserve.”
  • It’s thought he shou wu was one of the few foods that Li Chuang Yin, the longest-lived person in history according to Guinness book of records, ate everyday, along with reishi, ginseng and goji berries, all of which are part of The Superman Diet.
  • The book, “The Legend of He Shou Wu”, documents this story in detail.
  • He Shou Wu, literally means, Mr. He with a head of black hair.” According to the legend, Mr. He was a weak and impotent man. He was born with a weak body and gave up long ago on the idea of marrying and having children. One day however, he stumbled upon a unique-looking herb, dug out its roots and took it home. He was advised by a hermit to start eating it, and so he did. In a few days, He started to experience much higher levels of vitality than he previously did, and sexual urges started to develop. Soon, these sexual urges became barely controllable, and He started to feel even stronger. He continued taking the herb, while doubling his dosage. In a few years, all his weaknesses went away, his hair grew dark, and he looked more youthful. Over the next ten years, he fathered several children, and changed his name to Neng Si, which means “Capable of Bearing Offspring.” He is said to have lived a very long life of over a hundred years.
  • Although his story is a legend, it is not hard to see how it can actually be a true story. The high zinc content of He Shou Wu can play a huge role in reversing gray hair and strengthening the body. In fact, in an attempt to prove the herb’s legendary reputation as being able to reverse grey hair to black, it was given to 36 people with gray hair. 32 out of the 36 showed improvement, while 24 out of the 32 completely recovered their dark hair. The recovery of dark hair is just a symptom of physical rejuvenation and many other underlying positive changes in the body.
  • Traditional Jing-replenishing formula with He Shou Wu as the main ingredient has been shown to slow down the aging of vital organs in aged animals, especially the reproductive organs, the ovary, the uterus and the testicle.
  • He Shou Wu is extremely rich in potent antioxidants and in antioxidant-potentiating molecules.
  • He Shou Wu will increase your energy levels, however it is not a stimulant. It is in fact slightly sedative. It stands out among the top fertility herbs and builds sexual staying power for men and women.
  • Animal studies have clearly shown that He Shou Wu creates positive changes in life expectancy, especially in mammals. A decoction of Fo-Ti root was able to prolong the lifespan of fruit flies by 12.03%. One study on the survival ability of mice in conditions of extreme cold showed that the group being fed prepared Fo-Ti root could withstand colder temperatures for a longer period of time. This showed how He Shou Wu enhances the function of the adrenals and thyroid, as they are responsible for withstanding external temperature changes.
  • Many people have claimed that He Shou Wu has made all the difference in the world as far as stopping pain in the knees and lower back.
  • Effect on Memory
  • Dietary supplementation with He Shou Wu can help maintain brain function and support learning and memory ability.


MAO-B Inhibition

  • In the brain, a substance (enzyme) called MAO-B (short for monoamineoxidase B) breaks down dopamine, thus preventing its action – a normal control mechanism. MAO-B inhibitors prevent dopamine from being broken down, and this raises the levels of dopamine in the brain and prolongs its action.
  • With stress, and as we age, the levels of MAO-B increase, and that leads to lower levels of serotonin and dopamine, along cellular degeneration and ultimately cell death. Hence, MAO-B inhibitors lead to an increase in natural dopamine levels in the brain as well as an increase in dopamine levels produced from levodopa (which is abundant and only naturally available in Mucuna, another important food in the superman diet.)
  • He Shou Wu was found to be the greatest inhibitor of MAO-B activity
  • MAO-B inhibitors are one of the mainstays in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease



  • MAOIs should not be combined with other psychoactive substances (antidepressants, painkillers, stimulants, both legal and illegal etc.) except under expert care.
  • Studies show that He-Shou-Wu extract improves the cardiovascular system, enhances immune functions, slows the degeneration of glands, increases antioxidant activity, and reduces the accumulation of lipid peroxidation.
  • Studies have demonstrated that various laboratory animals fed Polygonum multiflorum in their diets lived longer than control animals.


Lowering “Bad” Cholestrol levels


  • He Shou Wu can greatly reduce the free fatty acid level in blood serum in test animals.


  • Hyperlipemia is the presence of excess lipids (such as fat) in the blood. In a test whereby mice with hyperlipemia were fed prepared He Shou Wu powder, the blood total cholesterol level was lowered by 42%.


  • One human clinical study showed that taking the herb orally by patients with high cholesterol were able to lower their cholesterol to the normal level after 7 consecutive days of treatment, the total cholesterol level in the treatment group was lowered to 88 ± 11mg (compared to the control group’s 188 ± 12mg).



  • Studies have shown that He Shou Wu can significantly increase the level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol in the blood serum in mice.


  • This makes he shou wu an ideal herb to take for someone who has previously taken SSRI’s for a long time, and for someone who has been on an unhealthy, high cholesterol diet for an extended period of time and is trying to lose fat and lower their cholesterol levels.


  • One should get prepared he shou wu only


  • “Prepared” versus “raw” He Shou Wu
  • The tuber of He Shou Wu must be “prepared” in order to be used as a regularly-consumed tonic
  • He Shou Wu has been used for over two thousand years as a tonic herb in China and other Asian regions. In Asia, He Shou Wu is considered to be extremely safe and suitable for long term and daily use.
  • The LD50tests for PREPARED He Shou Wu resulted in NO DEATHS, even after 1000 g/kg. On the other hand, the LD50 of RAW(Unprepared) He Shou Wu is 50g/kg, This means even if rats consume their body weight worth of prepared He Shou Wu, they survived. Prepared He Shou Wu is one of the safest herbs or foods known to science.
  • [LD50: The LD50 Alcohol Percolate Test – generally referred to simply as the LD50  is a standard toxicity test used in scientific research. The higher the number, the safer the test object. LD50 (Lethal Dose50) is the amount of a substance that, when administered by a defined route of entry (e.g. oral, injection or dermal, etc.) over a specified period of time, is expected to cause the death of 50 per cent of a defined animal population. If no deaths have occurred when to test subject has consumed its weight in the test substance without ANY deaths, the test substance is considered safe beyond question. A score of 1000 g/kg means that the test animal can consume its weight in test substance with 50% dying. But to have NO deaths at 1000 g/kg means the LD50 is actually much higher, but researchers tend to stop there because no animal or human will ever consume its weight in any substance in a short period of time.]

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2 thoughts on “He Shou Wu”

  1. This information is incredibly interesting, however if you have the links for other research you provide in this article, please cite them! I would like to research it as well and I want to see that this information is backed up. Thanks

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