The legend of Fo-Ti's discovery is both a sweet story and testament to the ‘doctrine of signatures’ - the concept that a plant resembles the condition or part of the body it will benefit.
He Shou Wu is the root of the Ye Jiao Teng plant, whose name translates as "vines that tangle in the night". The unlikely hero of the Fo-Ti story is ‘He Tianer’, a weathered, frail and aging man; childless at 58 years old. One morning he saw the vines intertwined like lovers and was intrigued (sweetly, male and female plants grow separately and unite at night).
Perhaps hoping for a change in circumstances, or as the legend states, prompted by the village jester to try the root in case it was a divine drug for the impotent man, Tianer dug up the plant's root and started taking it. It is said, after a short while, vitality awoke within him and he “recognized clearly the principles of human life”; feeling unburdened, strong, full of energy & sexual desire. His snow-white hair darkened, his vision improved and the re-emergence of youth was present more and more. His depression & loneliness faded away and he soon married - going on to father many children!
Laboratory studies and clinical practice have demonstrated that Fo-Ti possesses various biological and therapeutic actions, including:
- Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects
- Can Improve Skin Health
- May Promote Hair Growth and Reduce Gray Hair
- Relieves Constipation
- Can Help Improve Sleep Quality
- May Help Increase Estrogen and Manage Menopause Symptoms
- May Fight Age-Related Memory Problems