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Chinese Knotweed Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Chinese Knotweed
Glycemic Index / Load
Chinese Knotweed
Botanical Name
Polygonum Multiflorum, Fallopia Multiflora, Polygonum Multiflorum Thumb
Chinese Name
He Shou Wu

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Chinese Knotweed Cures


Action of Chinese Knotweed

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Nutrients in Chinese Knotweed

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Taste of
Chinese Knotweed

Nature of
Chinese Knotweed


Parts Used

Roots, Stem

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Chinese Knotweed

Excessive use may cause Liver Toxicity.
Avoid use during Pregnancy, Breast feeding.
It may cause Diarrhea, Nausea, Fatigue, Vomiting, Stomach Pain, Jaundice, Hepatitis and numbness in the arms/legs.
Consultation with Healthcare Professional is must before use.
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Chinese Knotweed is a climber.
It is perennial.
It is cultivated in a cool climate.
It grows up to 4 M.
Best used for Heart Disease and Male Infertility.
It is known to cleanse the blood.

In TCM :
Chinese Knotweed Root : Sheng He Shou Wu
Chinese Knotweed Stem : Shou Wu Teng
Prepared Chinese Knotweed Root : Zhi He Shou Wu
It is a Jing tonic herb
Meridians associated : Heart, Liver and Kidney

Note :

Prepared Chinese Knotweed Root is slightly Warm in nature while the unprepared root is Neutral .


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Materia Medica for Chinese Knotweed

Chinese Knotweed General

The root of Chinese Knotweed can be used in two forms, processed or unprocessed. The processed form is regarded more powerful and useful than the unprocessed form.
The processed form is also known as "red fo-ti".
It is obtained by boiling the root with black beans in the water.
The processed form contains antitumor, antioxidant and immunity boosting abilities.
The unprocessed form is also known as "white fo-ti". It is laxative, antiinflammatory and anticonstipative in nature.
White fo-ti improves the memory and protects the liver from toxins.
Topical application of white fo-ti is used in treating Skin problems like Acne, Burns, Dermatitis and Athelete's foot.

Chinese Knotweed contains alkaloids that produce a rejuvenating effect on the Nerves, Brain cells and Endocrine glands. By stimulating the adrenal gland it helps in detoxifying the body.
Chinese Knotweed is used in Chinese Medicine system for increasing longevity, providing strength, restoring hair color and solving the problem of Erectile dysfunction and Vaginal discharge.
Chinese Knotweed reduces fatty deposits in the blood. It is used with black beans for preventing heart diseases. The combination is used for preventing the formation of plaque in the vessels. Plaque formation is the root cause of Heart diseases. With regular use of Chinese Knotweed the chances of Atherosclerosis occurrence are rare.
This herb contains Lectins. Lectins attach to carbohydrates in the body and block the accumulation of fat in the blood.
It helps in reducing the levels of cholesterol in the blood.
It is a good herbal remedy for boosting the production of Red Blood Cells and curing Anemia.
It improves blood circulation in the body and cures the problem of Erectile Dysfunction in men and cures infertility in women
It acts as a nutritive tonic for hair and treats Baldness. It promotes hair growth and solves the problem of gray hair.
It provides nourishment to the nerves and treats Nerve Disorders.
It is helpful in curing Alzheimer’s Disease.
It has antioxidant and antiinflammatory actions that help in reducing inflammation.
Chinese Knotweed has been recommended for people with Cardiovascular Disorders.
It keeps a good care of your Heart and increases its efficiency.
It is a immunity booster and increases the ability of the immune system to fight against infections.
It has antimicrobial property that prevents the microbial growth in the body.
It is a good Liver and Kidney toner.
It is recommended for Diabetic Patients as it tones the over all health of Spleen. It improves the functioning of the Spleen and lowers the levels of Blood Sugar.
The Laxative action helps in curing Constipation.

Methods of Administration. How to Take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Chinese Knotweed is to Tincture it.
To learn how to make your own Tinctures Click here
Decoction: Make a tea.
Put 1 teaspoon of processed dried Chinese Knotweed root in a cup of water. Boil it in a Pyrex glass pot. Simmer for 15 minutes and then remove from heat. Steep for 35 minutes. Drink half cup of this decocotion, three times a day.
Note : Do not use Metal Pot for decoction.
Single Herb

Chinese Knotweed for Anxiety

Chinese Knotweed has Antianxiety property. Thus, it aids the person suffering from anxiety.
Take half a teaspoon of dried powdered Chinese Knotweed. Boil in half a cup of water. Consume it.
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Herbal Treatment For Debility 5

Following herbs, in conjunction are beneficial for Energy, Stamina and improves overall feeling of well-being. It is the perfect daily Energy supplement.
Ginseng Korean
Chinese Knotweed
Dong Quai
Wild Yam
Chinese Liquorice
Goji Berry
White Peony
Cornus Officinalis
Paeonia Suffruticosa
Red Sage
You may buy the formula, containing the above mentioned Herbs. Capsule form is readily available. Consume 1 capsule per day.

Herbal Treatment For Liver and Kidney Tonic

Following herbs, in conjunction are beneficial for Liver and Kidney nourishment.
Chinese Knotweed
Dong Quai
Ligusticum Wallichii
Angelica Dahurica
You may buy the formula, containing the above mentioned Herbs. Capsule form is readily available. Consume 1 capsule per day.

Herbal Treatment For Reproductive Problems of Males 2

Following herbs, in conjunction are beneficial for Reproductive Problems of Males and act as a powerful kidney tonic.
Ginseng Korean
Dong Quai
Cuscuta Chinensis
Goji Berry
Zanthoxylum Piperitum
Morinda Officinalis
Cornus Officinalis
Polyporus Umbellatus
Achyranthes Aspera
Yam Rhizome
Horny Goat Weed
Paeonia Suffruticosa
Chinese Knotweed
Atractylodes Macrocephala
Water Plantain
White Peony
Anemone Chinensis
You may buy the formula, containing the above mentioned Herbs. Capsule form is readily available. Consume 1 capsule 3 times a day.
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Arokiamary Arul ( Malaysia )
20 Sep 2016
How to concort the herbal mixture
to treat schizophrenia?
21 Sep 2016
Arokiamary Do you mean to say concoct ? If yes, then please specify what all herbs do you want to use to make a concoction. As, there are multiple cures for the above said disease. Which one do you wish to prepare ?
03 Jun 2017
Hello, I was just reading on He Shou Wu. One of the warnings was excessive use may cause liver toxicity. What is considered excessive use...I am currently taking 2g twice a day?

22 Jun 2017
The dosage depends on the degree of the severity of the disease and on the disease to be cured. In general, you may take upto 5- 20 gm of Chinese Knotweed in a day. The best herb for Liver is Milk Thistle. So, do not worry, you are not taking the herb in excess. You may take it for 15 days and then skip for a week. Then, again take for 15 days.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Kristy ( USA/AZ )
24 Aug 2018
I am using a topical mixture that contains Chinese Knotweed to help with hair growth. I use it once daily on my scalp. I'm not sure of the amount of Chinese Knotweed in the mixture. The other ingredients are Ginseng, Grape seed oil and Ginger. I use about a tablespoon per day. Is this safe?
28 May 2019

In your Herbal treatment for debility, is the chinese knotweed processed or unprocessed?
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