Fallopia multiflora (synonym: Reynoutria multiflora, also known as tuber fleeceflower, polygonum multiflorum and Chinese knotweed, Chinese Pinyin: He Shou Wu, Simplified Chinese: 何首乌, 多花蓼, 紫乌藤, 九真藤), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous vine in genus Fallopia (buckwheat family Polygonaceae). Found in valley, hillside and forest in central and southern China, the plant can grow up to 4 meter tall. The tuberous roots of Fallopia multiflora is used as tonic, sedative, blood enricher, muscles and joints relaxant, detoxicant and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as premature graying hair and rubella.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The root of Fallopia multiflora is considered to have bitter, astringent, mildly warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver and kidney meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Fallopia Multiflora & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Preventing Cardiovascular And Cerebrovascular Diseases
Anthraquinone substances extracted from the root of Fallopia multiflora has cholesterol lowering, blood sugar controlling, antiviral, cardiotonic, alvine peristalsis enhancing effects, it can also enhance the ￼fibrinolytic activity. Therefore, Fallopia multiflora root can help to prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
Fallopia multiflora root contains which can be used as a supplement in slowing down the aging process, lecithin also works to reverse and prevent damages that may arise from coronary artery disease.
3.3 Alopecia And Premature Graying Hair
Fallopia multiflora root has also been used in treating alopecia and premature graying of hair.
3.4 Hepatic Protection
Fallopia multiflora extract was shown to have effects on the hepatic antioxidant system superoxide dismutase (sod), accumulation of lipid peroxidase, enhancement of cell-mediated immune responses, and lowering cholesterol, all of which are helpful and preventive for liver dysfunctions.
The anthraquinones contained in fallopia multiflora extract tend to soften stool and may even cause slight diarrhea, which is helpful for patients suffering from constipation.
3.6 Skin Health
Medicated bath with Fallopia multiflora root and leaves can be used in treating scabies.
3.7 Bleeding Stopping
Pills made with iris ensata seeds, polygonum multiflorum, realgar, orpiment and wine is taken orally with warm wine to treat gastrointestinal bleeding.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for people with liver dysfunction or liver disease.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.