Fo-Ti (Polygonum multiflorum), also known in China and East Asia as He shou wu, is a plant praised in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years. Fo-Ti shows, among others, anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, anti-free radical and anti-cancer properties.
Over 100 substances have been isolated from this plant, including stilbenes, quinones, phospholipids and flavonoids. These compounds are believed to produce potential strong therapeutic effects of the plant, mainly on Alzheimer’s and Parkison’s disease, hyperlidemia and inflammation. It has been shown that the plant aids also in sleep disorders and menopausal problems and boosts immunity.
Due to its far-reaching effects, Fo-Ti is used for many health problems. However, there is a particular stress on its anti-ageing effect. Contrary to appearances, it is not only restricted to external signs of ageing but also processes which take place inside the body due to natural ageing, including impairment of cognitive functions, cardiovascular dysfunction and increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases.