Fo-ti is an herb. The processed root of the plant is used to make medicine. Fo-ti is commonly used by mouth to help treat conditions related to aging, including cancer, heart disease , and memory problems. Fo-ti is also applied directly to the skin for sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, and itching.
- Age-related memory problems. Early research suggests taking fo-ti root (Shenwu) along with panax ginseng might improve memory in older people.
- Liver and kidney problems.
- High cholesterol.
- Lower back and knee soreness.
- Premature graying.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Fo-ti is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take by mouth during pregnancy. Fo-ti contains chemicals that can act like a strong laxative. The chemicals work by stimulating the intestine. Bulk-forming laxatives are a safer choice in pregnancy.
It is also POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use fo-ti if you are breast-feeding. The chemicals that have a laxative effect can pass into breast milk and cause diarrhea in some breast-fed infants.
What is the recommended do
2 - 4 grams up to twice a day or as recommended by a herbal practitioner