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Polygonum multiflorum
Polygonum multiflorum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Polygonum
Species: P. multiflorum
Binomial name
Polygonum multiflorum
Thunb.

Polygonum multiflorum, better known as Chinese knotweed or Flowery knotweed, is a Chinese herb. It is said to rejuvenate the body, and is also commonly known as fo-ti, fo-ti-teng, Hoshouwu, or Heshouwu (simplified Chinese: traditional Chinese: 何首烏pinyin: hé shǒu wū).

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Etymology

Heshouwu ('Black-haired Mr. He'), a Chinese man who is reputed to have lived until the age of 132, is the first consumer of this herb to be reported. The Chinese patent medicine called Shouwuzhi has Polygonum multiflorum as one of its primary ingredients.

Characteritics

As a herb specimen, it is a quickly spreading vine that will cover anything rapidly. There appear in the autumn (fall).

Medicinal use

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), P. multiflorum is believed to:

When taken internally, P. multiflorum also has a laxative effect.

P. multiflorum contains stilbene glycosides similar to resveratrol and with superior antioxidant activity.[2]

Resveratrol is extracted from P. multiflorum's close relative, Japanese knotweed (P. cuspidatum). Resveratrol has been suggested to extend lifespan by a variety of mechanisms.

Dried sliced Polygonum multiflorum root

See also

References

  1. ^ I.K. Hwang, K.Y. Yoo, D.W. Kim, S.J. Jeong, C.K. Won, W.K. Moon, Y.S. Kim, D.Y. Kwon, M.H. Wo and D.W. Kim (September 2006). "An extract of Polygonum multiflorum protects against free radical damage induced by ultraviolet B irradiation of the skin". Braz J Med Biol Res 39 (9): 1181–1188. doi:10.1590/S0100-879X2006000900005. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-879X2006000900005.  
  2. ^ L.V. Li-Shuang, Xiaohong Gu, Chi-Tang Ho (June 2006). "Stilbene Glycosides from the Roots of Polygonum Multiflorum Thunb. and Their Antioxidant Activities". Journal of Food Lipids 13 (2): 131–144. doi:10.1111/j.1745-4522.2006.00039.x. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1745-4522.2006.00039.x.  
  • Shinju, H., M. Higuchi, et al. (1994). Studies on cultivation of Polygonum multiflorum Thunberg (Part 1) on the methods of vegetative propagation. Natural Medicines 48(2): 126-130. Tsumura Cent. Res. Lab., 3586, Yoshihara, Ami-machi, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki 300-11, Japan.
  • Monograph in the Plants For A Future database

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Polygonum multiflorum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Polygonum
Species: P. multiflorum
Binomial name
Polygonum multiflorum
Thunb.

Polygonum multiflorum, most well known as fo-ti is a Chinese herb that is said to rejuvenate the body. In Mandarin, the herb is pronounced as Hoshouwu or Heshouwu (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: 何首烏; pinyin: hé shǒu wū). Other names that are less commonly used for this herb are fo-ti-teng, Chinese knotweed, or Flowery knotweed,

Contents

Etymology

Heshouwu ('Black-haired Man'), a Chinese man who is reputed to have lived until the age of 132, is the first consumer of this herb to be reported[citation needed]. The Chinese patent medicine called Shouwuzhi has Polygonum multiflorum as one of its primary ingredients.

Characteristics

As a herb specimen, it is a quickly spreading vine that will cover anything rapidly.

Medicinal use

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), P. multiflorum is believed to:

When taken internally, P. multiflorum also has a laxative effect.

P. multiflorum contains stilbene glycosides similar to resveratrol and with superior antioxidant activity.[2]

Resveratrol is extracted from P. multiflorum's close relative, Japanese knotweed (P. cuspidatum). Resveratrol has been suggested to extend lifespan by a variety of mechanisms.

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ I.K. Hwang, K.Y. Yoo, D.W. Kim, S.J. Jeong, C.K. Won, W.K. Moon, Y.S. Kim, D.Y. Kwon, M.H. Wo and D.W. Kim (September 2006). "An extract of Polygonum multiflorum protects against free radical damage induced by ultraviolet B irradiation of the skin". Braz J Med Biol Res 39 (9): 1181–1188. doi:10.1590/S0100-879X2006000900005. PMID 16972004. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-879X2006000900005. 
  2. ^ L.V. Li-Shuang, Xiaohong Gu, Chi-Tang Ho (June 2006). "Stilbene Glycosides from the Roots of Polygonum Multiflorum Thunb. and Their Antioxidant Activities". Journal of Food Lipids 13 (2): 131–144. doi:10.1111/j.1745-4522.2006.00039.x. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1745-4522.2006.00039.x. 

General references

  • Shinju, H., M. Higuchi, et al. (1994). Studies on cultivation of Polygonum multiflorum Thunberg (Part 1) on the methods of vegetative propagation. Natural Medicines 48(2): 126-130. Tsumura Cent. Res. Lab., 3586, Yoshihara, Ami-machi, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki 300-11, Japan.
  • Monograph in the Plants For A Future database
  • Teeguarden, Ron. The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs. New York, NY: Warner Books, 1998.

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