Latin names: Radix polygoni multiflori, Polygonum multiflorum
Chinese name: he shou wu
Other names: fleeceflower root, flowery knotweed root

What is Polygoni?
Grown mostly in China, polygoni, or fleeceflower root, is a chocolate-colored root in the Polygonaceae family along with buckwheat and rhubarb. It is currently being researched for the treatment of diabetes as well as heart disease. When cooked, its liquid looks and smells like coffee, and it is sometimes used as a substitute for coffee.

What are the health benefits of Polygoni?
Polygoni is used for hair loss, both topically and as a tea. It is also used to lower serum cholesterol, and for treatments against diabetes and heart disease. It moistens the intestines, helpful for constipation and replenishes lost moisture within the bowels to move hard stool.

Where can I find Polygoni?
Polygini can be found in the offices of Chinese practitioners, Asian markets, and online.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
Winter Tea, a warming tea that is useful for relieving “chills”, fatigue, soreness or weakness of the lower back, incontinence, weakened sexual and urinary function.

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