He Shou Wu is a Chinese herbal medicine, derived from the Polygonum multiflorum Thunb plant.

The name “He Shou Wu” translates to “the black-haired Mr. He.” It’s said that the remedy was named due to the transformational, youth-restoring effects it had on “Mr. He” when he discovered the herb.

It’s also referred to as Chinese knotweed and known as Fo-Ti in America.

This popular herbal remedy is used worldwide — often to promote good health and virility, as well as to treat a variety of different health conditions.

Fo-Ti root is a mountain herb with a long history of practice in traditional Chinese medicine dating back centuries. It’s still used in East Asia today as a treatment for men suffering with male-pattern baldness although it isn’t as well known in the West.

Studies establish that this extract can be a highly effective hair growth promoter:  

  • One study tested it on mice and found that an extract of the Fo-Ti root promoted hair growth by inducing the anagen phase in resting hair folicles.