- What other names is Fo-ti known by?
- What is Fo-ti?
- How does Fo-ti work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Fo-ti.
Fo-ti is used for treating tuberculosis that has spread to the lymph nodes, cancer, inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis), and constipation. It is also used as a liver and kidney "tonic"; as a blood and "vital essence" toner; and to fortify muscles, tendons, and bones. Fo-ti is also used for high cholesterol and other elevated blood fats, trouble sleeping (insomnia), limb numbness, lower back and knee soreness or weakness, premature graying, hair loss, and dizziness with ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
Fo-ti is applied directly to the skin for sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, and itching.
In manufacturing, fo-ti extract is used as an ingredient in hair and skin care products.
Don't confuse fo-ti with the commercial product Fo-ti-Teng that contains no fo-ti.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- 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.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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