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Gentian Root (Gentiana lutea)
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Medicinal Herbs Fo-Ti Root Polygonum multiflorum

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fo-ti root Polygonum Multiflorum

             Fo-Ti is a rare botanical native to China. It has been utilized by many cultures for centuries. It's most well known for its use in ancient Chinese medicine. There, it's known as he-shou -wu, meaning "black haired Mr. He." The name originates from a legend that depicts an elderly Chinese man whose hair is graying. He was said to regain his natural hair color by taking fo-ti.


He-shou-wu (Fo-Ti) is also regarded in folk medicine as a powerful tonic, that can restore youthful characteristics including vitality and energy(chi). A tonic is basically something that induces a sense of well-being, or stimulates an increase in Chi. The term, "Chi" in Chinese medicine, actually refers to the vital life fore that resides in all living beings. It's the divine spark of energy that gives animation to the living. To have low levels of Chi, is to be ill, according to ancient knowledge. The idea behind this ancient healing system is to raise the level of Chi by utilizing foods, and various plants for their healing properties.


The root of Polygonum multiflorum is the most prized part of the plant. Ancient Chinese medicine praised fo-ti for combating premature aging. It's said to build strength and tone the liver, kidneys and blood. Of course, it should be consumed in moderation, as too much of anything is potentially not healthy. Modern herbalist use it to promote estrogen production in women gong through menopause. Fo-Ti is even used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.(see also Damiana for aphrodisiac/erectile dysfunction.)


In ancient Chinese medicine, practitioners could identify illness by simply looking at the patients tongue. Different areas of the tongue were associated with different parts of the body. Certain indications would appear on the patients tongue, and then practitioner would then come up with a treatment plan. Herbs such as fo-ti were often combined with others to create synergistic infusions, also known as elixirs.


Preparation

            As mentioned above, Fo-ti root was most commonly prepared as a decoction. A decoction is almost always made when dealing with roots. The plant material is boiled for a certain period of time. Many cultures would boil roots for hours at a time. It all depends on the type of alkaloids you desire. Some phytochemicals are destroyed by heat, others are not so sensitive. Aside from decoctions, alchemical elixirs can be prepared, as well as the standard tincture, or teas.


Precautions:

The root is commonly reported to be toxic to the liver in excessive dosages. It does have a history of use as being beneficial to the liver, yet this was done so in precise dosages by experience practitioners. A medical rule known as the "Arndt-Schulz rule" states that small doses stimulate, moderate doses inhibit, and large doses kill. This is a general statement or rule in medicine. In other words, the main difference between a medicine and a poison is the dosage that's administered. For example, the concept of an over-dose be-speaks of a dosage which is poisonous. On the other hand, if we lower the dosage to a specific amount we find that the substance has medicinal properties.


With all of this in mind it's very important to know your dose. Consult a healthcare provider before using anything. If you chose not to do so, at least conduct thorough research. Be sure to use scholarly sources and your own intuition. On a final note, just make sure you don't consume too much of something, or for an extended period of time.


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References:

Polygonum multiflorum (Fallopia multiflora.) (2014, August 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:55, October 10, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fallopia_multiflora&oldid=622501316

Arndt�Schulz rule. (2014, September 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:05, October 10, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arndt%E2%80%93Schulz_rule&oldid=627225510

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