He Shou Wu extract 20:1 | Polygonum multiflorum

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He Shou Wu is one of the most popular herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote longevity. It improves libido, immunity and overall endurance of the organism. He Shou Wu is also commonly used to prevent hair loss and graying of hair. It supports the central nervous system by stimulating intellectual abilities, such as memory and learning processes.

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He Shou Wu extract 20:1 | Polygonum multiflorum

Properties: He Shou Wu is an interesting plant surrounded by a plethora of legends kept alive by an unbroken chain of generations. Since the dawn of time this herb has been associated with beneficial influence on the organism. History keeps track of cases of people who maintained young appearance and performance thanks to this plant. Knotweed has antioxidative properties that help to detoxify the organism and get rid of the dangerous compounds. That means it neutralises free radicals that have adversarial effects on the body. Moreover, it makes the skin smoother and hair stronger. Apart from physical vitality, He Shou Wu increases libido and male sexual functions. It also benefits the production of testosterone and improves the sexual drive. Perhaps for these reasons its extract has already been popular in ancient China, where it has been known and used as a youth elixir. 

As it turns out, knotweed’s active compounds also influence the immune and cardiovascular systems. Supplementation of its extract helps to decrease blood cholesterol levels and prevents accumulation of dangerous fat deposits in blood vessels. Apart from that, it improves the oxygen transportation to the brain and thereby strengthens the memory and helps to maintain concentration. What is more, He Shou Wu successfully combats pathogenic microorganisms. As it can limit the spread of inflammation, it can be used as a remedy for infections and an excellent support for the whole organism.

Occurrence: Knotweed (Polygonum multiflorum) is a perennial climber from the knotweed family (Polygonaceae). It grows extraordinarily fast in thickets and in rocky areas. It has heart-shaped leaves and numerous tiny flowers. Its root is an elongated black and brown tuber that is a raw herbal material. Naturally it grows in China on the heights up to 3000 m above mean sea level, although it can be found in Japan and Taiwan too. First written notion of this plant comes from the era of the Tang dynasty (618 – 907 AD). 

The root of knotweed has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years. It belongs to the four main herbs that exhibit toning and rejuvenating properties. It is applied as a remedy for multiple ailments such as infertility, insomnia, muscle aches or constipation. According to folk tales, supplementation of the powder from Polygonum multiflorum root could increase vitality and longevity. There is a legend about mister He, who was starving. He gathered and ate wild plants with their roots. One of them was the bitter root of knotweed (fo-ti). This meal changed the whole course of his life. Until that point, elderly mister He had been rather weak – but after eating the root of knotweed his vitality was restored and his hair recovered their black tint. He lived a healthy life for another 100 years and had many strong sons. The Chinese name of knotweed – He Shou Wu – originates from this story and literally means “black hair of mister He”.

Biochemistry: Emodin, chrysophanic acid, and parietin are the substances that provide most of the knotweed’s healthy properties. Chemically they belong to the group of anthraquinones. Apart from them, this plant also contains: small amounts of lecithin, alkaloids, phenolic compounds, tannins, catechins and glycosides. The amount of glycosides is an indication of the plant’s quality. Knotweed is also the source of zinc and iron.

Fun fact: Knotweed is mentioned in the incredible story of Chinese herbalist Li Ching Yun who, as the story has it, lived 256 years. He claimed that his longevity is due to daily intake of herbs, including He Shou Wu. Although his statements were considered a myth in the West, this story appeared in the journal “Time” in the article “Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog”. It was published on 15. May 1993, one week after the death of Li Ching Yun.

How does He Shou Wu extract 20:1 | Polygonum multiflorum work?

Slows down aging: Traditionally, He Shou Wu is considered to be a plant that can restore vitality. Modern research evidence confirmed that as an adaptogen it helps to maintain good health. This effect is mostly due to its ability to neutralize free radicals – reactive compounds that can be dangerous for the organism. Knotweed also controls the blood cholesterol levels by limiting its production in the liver. It is especially efficient in decreasing the “bad” fraction of cholesterol – LDL. Therefore, it supports the prevention of atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Additionally, He Shou Wu has beneficial effects on the skin condition as well as strength and growth of hair. In such a way, it helps to maintain a young appearance.

Supports libido: Results of multiple research studies demonstrate that knotweed has positive influence on male reproductive functions. Its bioactive compounds stimulate the production of androgens, including testosterone. Increased amounts of this “masculinity hormone” lead to the boost of sexual drive and better erectile functions. It has also been proven that He Shou Wu supports the health of testicular tissue and thus helps to maintain good condition of sexual organs. Due to the high amount of zinc this plant has been proven to improve sperm mobility and quality. What’s interesting, the data shows that regular and long-term supplementation with He Shou Wu gives the best results in terms of libido and sexuality.

Enhances physical performance: Traditionally He Shou Wu has been used in order to restore youth and vital energy. The results of contemporary studies prove that it has a positive influence on the ability to focus. It is most likely related to the fact that active compounds contained in P. multiflorum increase the number of red blood cells. The main role of these cells is to transport oxygen from the lungs to different tissues. So, when the number of red blood cells is increased, all the cells – including muscles – are provided with more oxygen. What is more, He Shou Wu increases the level of testosterone. Keep in mind that this hormone is a natural, essential anabolic which basically means that it stimulates muscle growth. Besides that, knotweed inhibits the activity of MAO-B – the enzyme that breaks down dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine – the neuromediators that are responsible for proper level of energy and motivation. All these factors make He Shou Wu an effective support for physical endurance.

Improves the condition of the nervous system: It has been shown that extract of He Shou Wu has neuroprotective properties. It limits the influence of toxic substances such as beta-amyloids on nerve cells. Bioactive compounds found in that plant support blood vessels that deliver oxygen to the brain and increase blood flow. Therefore, neurons receive more oxygen and nutrients, which leads to an increment in their efficacy. Hereby, knotweed strengthens the intellectual capacity, supports memory, and benefits learning.

He Shou Wu extract 20:1 | Polygonum multiflorum product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract 20:1 from the root of Polygonum multiflorum
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.60 ml ~ 400 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use He Shou Wu extract 20:1 | Polygonum multiflorum?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 250 – 750 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 3
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with or without food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 12 weeks of using – 4 weeks of break

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