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Information about the herb Polygonum Multiflorum

Polygonum multiflorum, also known as Black haired Mr He is part of the Polygonaceae plant family.

Botanical Name:Polygonum multiflorum

Plant Family:Polygonaceae

Common name:Black haired Mr He, He Shou Wu (Mandarin)

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Plant Constituents of Polygonum Multiflorum


  • anthraquinones
  • phospholipids, such as lecithin
  • tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside
  • trace elements

Action: astringent [a binding agent that contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges of mucous and

  • fluid from the body
  • bitter [applied to bitter tasting drugs which act on the mucous membranes of the mouth and stomach to increase appetite and promote digestion]
  • sweet
  • warm

Usage of Polygonum Multiflorum

Medicinal Parts Used:Root which has been processed (Zhi He Shou Wu). Processing reduces toxicity and alters its properties.

Polygonum multiflorum is used for:

Blood Conditions

  • high blood cholesterol
  • tones the vital essence and blood

Brain and Nervous System Conditions

  • blurred vision
  • dizziness with tinnitus
  • epilepsy
  • neurasthenia especially with insomnia
  • neuritis
  • schizophrenia

Muscular and Skeletal Conditions

  • knee pain
  • lower back pain
  • fortifies muscles, tendons and bones
  • numbness of limbs


  • premature aging
  • premature greying
  • promotes longevity
  • tonic for elderly
  • weak connective tissue


Recommended dosage is as follows:

  • 50-100mL per week of 1:2 fluid extract

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Drug Interactions:

Do not use Polygonum without first talking to your practitioner or healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications:

  • None indicated


Global Herbal Supplies has Polygonum available in the following forms:

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