Also known as Foti, He Shou Wu (pronounced “huh-show-woo”) is one of the most popular tonic herbs in Chinese herbalism. It is a powerful kidney and liver tonic.
Do you have a Kidney Deficiency?
Three signs of a kidney deficiency are:
- Weak painful knees
- Lower back pain
- Low sexual energy
He Shou Wu is known for its remarkable ability to support the cleaning functions of the kidney and liver, which in turn clean the blood. Once the kidney functions are healthy, you will be able to maintain the strength and stability of the lower back and knees, as well as maintain your youthful sexual drive.
He Shou Wu has been also found to support the immune system and adrenal gland functions, naturally calming the nervous system. It is widely used in Asia to maintain the youthful condition and colour of the hair.
Basically, He Shou Wu is unsurpassed in its ability to provide deep, primordial energy (Jing, essence) to the cells of the body via the kidneys. You can think of it as your “functional reserve.”
What are the Benefits of He Shou Wu?
- Famous for anti-ageing and longevity properties
- Used to eliminate grey hair and restore natural colour
- Amazing yin jing tonic
- Supreme blood builder
- Extremely rich in zinc and iron
- Revered for increased fertility and sexual drive
- Calming to nervous system
- Supports kidney and liver function
Clearly yet another link to longevity is a strong immune system. He shou wu has high levels of iron and zinc, both of which have strengthening properties to the immune system. People are most commonly deficient in zinc. In fact, oysters are the highest known food source of zinc, and He Shou Wu exceeds that.
He Shou Wu has been made famous by its legend due to the fact that a once impotent man was not only whirring with sexual desire after taking He Shou Wu, but then married and fathered nineteen children! Since this was uncovered over one thousand years ago, it has been vastly used to revitalize sex drive, increase sexual fluids in both men and women, and strengthen the sperm and ova.
Unless you see an acupuncturist or holistic healer, the idea of building blood may not seem that high up on the list of health priorities. However, blood is extremely important to delivering nutrients to your cells throughout your body and carrying toxins out. Everything we eat and the air we breathe compromises the quality of our blood, which then allows toxins to remain in our bodies, most of the time getting stored in the fat cells of our bellies. He Shou Wu allows our body to build high quality blood and increase the circulation we need to move and store nutrients and cleanse out the toxins that enter daily.
The Legend of He Shou Wu
This story begins with a 58 year old man, frail, impotent, and unmarried, who had turned to alcohol. In a drunken stupor, he had fallen asleep amongst nature, only to awaken to plants that were twisted together, stretching for yards, appearing to him as “making love.” Intrigued by these plants, he dug one up by the roots and brought it to the village. Though no one could identify it, one wise villager suggested that due to his state of misfortune, this plant might have come to him as a divine tonic to help him.
Captivated and with nothing to lose, he dried the root, ground it up, and took it everyday on an empty stomach. Within seven days, his sexual desire could barely be controlled. Within a few months, he became strong again, and within seven years, all his disease was dissolved, his youthful appearance returned, his health restored, and his hair was black again!
At this time, he not only married, but also fathered 19 children and lived to be 160 years old. He fathered sons who also consumed this herb, one living to be 130 years old, and another, He Shou Wu, who not only lived to be 160 years old, but at the time of his death, he still had a full head of black hair.