April 29, 2016

Hu Zhang

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What other names is Hu Zhang known by?

Bambou Japonais, Bambou Mexicain, Extrait de Hu Zhang, Fallopia japonica, Fleece Flower, Giant Knotweed, He Shou Wu, Hu Zhang Extract, Hu Zhang Root, Itadori, Japanese Bamboo, Japanese Knotweed, Japanese Knotwood, Mexican Bamboo, PCWE, Persicaire Cuspidée, Polygoni Multiflora, Polygonum cuspidatum, Racine de Hu Zhang, Renouée à Feuilles Pointues, Renouée du Japon, Renouée Japonaise, Reynoutria japonica, Tiger Cane.

What is Hu Zhang?

Hu zhang is the Chinese name given to a plant with the scientific name of Polygonum cuspidatum. North American varieties are often referred to as "Mexican bamboo." The root is used as medicine.

Hu zhang is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, and heart disease; and for digestion problems including constipation, liver disease (hepatitis), and gallstones. It is also used for cancer, skin burns, pain and swelling of the bone (osteomyelitis) and gout.

Women sometimes use hu zhang for painful menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Constipation.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Hot flashes.
  • Heart disease.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Cancer.
  • Skin burns.
  • Liver disease.
  • Gout.
  • Gallstones.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hu zhang for these uses.

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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