Polygonum multiflorum

Polygonum multiflorum (in the Polygonaceae or Knot weed/ Buckwheat family)

Parts used:                     Root. (Radix)

Taste/smell:                   Bitter, slightly sweet.

Tendencies:                   Warming.

Dosage:                          Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or  5 pills 1-3 times per day.

Specific indications:      It is indicated for weak kidneys and for restoring normal hair color from gray.

Main Use: (a) Powerful
Antioxidant, (b) Reduces atherosclerotic lesions, (c) Reduces cholesterol, (d) Promotes intestinal peristalsis, (e) Promotes the growth and development of red blood cells, (f) Antibacterial.

Polygonum Multiflorum: considered a longevity herb in the Orient, it is a blood, liver, and kidney strengthening herb. Clears toxins, lowers blood sugar levels, preserves youthful energy and sexual potency, and reputedly reduce wrinkles. Liver and body cleanser with detoxing effect.
The processed root is these days mainly used for cleansing in the liver and kidney. For the musculoskeletal system, it is indicated for lower back and knee pain, weakness in the knees, numbness in the legs, weakness in general and neuro-asthenia. It is useful in numerous conditions including anemia, weak seminal emission, white or yellowish vaginal discharges, swollen lymph nodes, boils and carbuncles, vertigo, insomnia, premature gray hair, restoration of sexual potency, chronic bronchitis, schizophrenia and diabetes. Virtually every body process that is influenced by the aging process like hearing, eye sight, smell, taste, bad skin complexion, loss of potency, loss of hair color, gray skin tone etc. is positively influenced, if not reversed by Polygonum Multiflorum.
It is one of the most widely used tonic herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. (Fo Ti / Ho Sho Wu). There is further, more detailed information to be searched on the internet.  Do for example a 'Google' search under 'Radix Polygonum Multiflorum' to get numerous research results. Thanks!

What does an Antioxidant do? Why is it important for us?

Although some species of bacteria and other microbes live without it, most living things require continuous supplies of oxygen to break down sugars into carbon dioxide and water, thus releasing energy for upkeep and growth.
As with other Mammals, the lungs, heart and circulatory system are responsible for respiration in Humans. The bloodstream provides all the body's tissues with the glucose they require as fuel. It also makes available oxygen to 'burn' this sugar as a source of energy for innumerable activities ranging from muscular contraction and nerve conduction to temperature maintenance and the manufacture of new cell materials.

Aerobic respiration takes place within mitochondria, tiny energy generating organelles inside living cells. Each mitochondrion contains over 70 enzymes and other chemicals (including vitamins and minerals) which promote the chemical reactions of respiration. Acting on glucose as their fuel, they break the sugar molecules down step by step, liberating energy at several different stages. Energy made available by respiration is stored for immediate or future use in Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP) and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). These compounds are produced when electrons, released from the cycle, pass along a sequence of carriers (Cytochromes) to Oxygen. Called Oxidative Phosphorylation. This is the key mechanism through which cells obtain their energy. It will keep the body healthy and energized.

Polygonum Multiflorum is a powerful supporter of this process.

Contraindications: Over excessive use may cause gastric irritation and is contraindicated with diarrhea. As this is a toxin free herb, there are no known side effects. If you should experience any unwanted reactions while taking this herb, just stop the intake. Please talk to your doctor.

Please note that like with every other herbal remedy the effect has to be established and won't just work over night! First results can be seen after a few days, some effects like turning hair back to normal color or restoring potency can take up to 3 month. A regulated 'normal' lifestyle with no excessive eating, alcohol consumption or smoking will lead to faster, better and more permanent results!
Regular intake is essential! This herb is not designed to cure illness or disease of any kind!

All information on this page is a result of individual studies of different researchers and Universities. The author of this page doesn't
take any responsibility about claims made here and leaves it up to the reader to research this information further on the net for his own opinion !