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| Fo-Ti for Hair Loss and Fatigue? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Maria
Posted on: May 11, 2007
Lately, I’ve been feeling tired, no energy and losing a lot of hair. I went to a doctor who checked my thyroid, but they said the levels were normal. Also, my joints and muscles hurt. I’m 43years old but fee like I’m 65. I heard that fo-ti would help.
Fo-Ti (Polygonum multiflorum), also known as Shou Wu root, is a blood tonic commonly used in Chinese medicine to prevent hair loss.
Alan Tillotson, in his book "The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook", states that Fo-Ti nourishes the blood, protects the liver and heart, reduces heat, fertilizes the hair roots and promotes longevity. Tillotson states that blood tonics are used in Chinese medicine when there are signs of pallor, dizziness, lethargy, dry skin or menstrual disorders. He says that Fo-Ti is the main ingredient in a Traditional Chinese Medicine formula to delay or reverse balding and premature graying of hair, which can be purchased in Chinese grocery stores under the name of "Alopecia pills".
Whether this herb will work for you depends on the cause of your condition. I recommend that you consult with a qualified natural practitioner, such as a clinical or medical herbalist, to assess your condition and work to correct the root cause of your symptoms.