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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



FO-TI
(Polygonum multiflorum)
[he-show-wu]
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NOT to be used in cases of high blood pressure.

MEDICINAL USES:
Secondary adaptogen. Used as a tea.
Chinese herb considered a tonic, detoxifier, and energy booster.
Said to build healthy lung tissue.
Has been used to relieve rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, and gout.
Said to be helpful for kidney and bladder problems.
Said to be helpful for shortening a cold.
Has been used to clear up hives.
Considered good cardiovascular herb.
Effective at lowering serum cholesterol.
Contains bioflavinoid-like compounds that help protect and dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow to heart.

COMMENTS:
Member of the buckwheat family.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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