Polygoni Multiflori slices Polygonum multiflorum He Shou Wu
anti aging, improving immune system, alleviating serum cholesterol, reversing hardening of arteries, improving bowel movements, stimulating adrenal cortex, regulate epinephrine and norepenephrine, regulate blood sugar, protecting liver function, improving the development of red blood cells, inhibiting TB, diarrhea, influenza.
He shou wu powder can lower the blood cholesterol, triglyceride, b- lipoprotein (LDL) of high lipid animals. They were lowered by 89%, 42%,and 54% respectively. The triglyceride of the liver was lowered by 52%.The ingredient of he shou wu, 2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxystibene-2O-b-D-glucoside possesses a strong inhibiting effect on fatty liver formation,and liver damage of rats caused by oxidized corn oil. It also inhibits the elevation of serum ALT, AST and lipid peroxydation (LPO), and the damaging of the liver.He shou wu can lower serum free fatty acid and lipid peroxydation.In vitro studies showed that he shou wu can protect liver, anti fatty liver formation because it can inhibit lipid oxydation and the destruction of liver cells.He shou wu is being used in improving the function of the liver, in fatty liver, and in viral hepatitis.Among the the 4 different kinds of prepared he shou wu, raw he shou wu possesses the strongest property in eliminating free radicals. The strength of the different preparation in eliminating free radicals is in the the following order: raw he shou wu, soy bean prepared he shou wu, steamed he shou wu, and soy plus alcohol prepared he shou wu.