Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Polygoni Multiflori (Preparata)
Common English: Fleeceflower Root
Flowery Knotweed Root
Climbing Knotwood
Fo Ti
Chinese Cornbind
Herbs that Tonify Blood
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Warm
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys, nourishes the Blood and nourishes Jing (Zhi He Shou Wu)

Blood Deficiency with dizziness, blurred vision, insomnia and premature graying of the hair

Yin Deficiency with lower back and knee weakness and pain, soreness of the extremities, nocturnal emissions and insomnia

Jing Deficiency

Expels Wind from the skin by nourishing the Blood (Zhi He Shou Wu)

Wind-Rash due to Blood Deficiency

Moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels (Sheng He Shou Wu)

Constipation due to Blood Deficiency

Relieves Fire Toxin (Sheng He Shou Wu)

Fire toxin carbuncles, sores, scrofula, goiter and neck lumps (Chuang Yung)

Checks malarial disorders (Sheng He Shou Wu)

Malarial disorders with Qi and Blood Deficiency

  • Contraindicated in those with Spleen Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated in those with Phlegm or Dampness.
  • Contraindicated in those with diarrhea or loose stools.
  • Do not take with onions, chives, turnips or garlic.
  • Do not use after contact with metal.

Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi

Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng
Fr. Ligustri Lucidi
Nu Zhen Zi
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi

Hb Siegesbeckiae
Xi Xian Cao
Fr. Mori
Sang Shen
Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong

Weak and sore back and knees, dizziness, blurred vision, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, and premature graying of hair due to Kidney and Liver Deficiency.

Dizziness, blurred vision, and numbness of the extremities due to Liver Blood Deficiency.

Dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus, and achy, numb extremities due to Kidney and Liver Deficiency.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Rx. Sophorae Flavescentis
Ku Shen
Cx. Dictamni
Bai Xian Pi
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Sm. Sesame Nigrum

Hei Zhi Ma

Irregular menstruation and uterine bleeding from exhausted Liver and Kidneys.

Itching due to Wind-Rash due to Blood Deficiency.

Constipation due to dry Intestines from Blood Deficiency.

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Rx. Sophorae Flavescentis
Ku Shen

Spica Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Rz. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Scrofula, abscesses, and other toxic swellings.

Damp-Heat Wind toxin with pus pockets all over the body that seep yellow fluid.


Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi

Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Turtle Blood

Chronic malarial disorders and physical debility.


Chronic malarial disorder with Yin and Blood Deficiency with more fever than chills.

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Ling Zhi
Rx. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng



Tonifies Kidney Yin and Liver Blood to nourish the sinews and bones and treat dizziness and blurred vision.

Numbness of the extremities associated with Liver Blood Deficiency.


  1. It is commonly used because it tonifies and preserves and is not cold, drying or too cloying.
  2. It can be used singly as a longevity tonic.
  3. It counters the immune-supressing action of prednisone.
  4. It is one of the most famous tonics.
  5. It keeps hair black.
  6. Its astringent property prevents leakage of Jing.
  7. This herb is known for its restorative actions on the urogenital, muscular and nervous systems.
  8. Recently its successes treating chronic cerebral insufficiency conditions from sleep disorders to depression to schizophrenia have been noted.
  9. Unprepared Fleeceflower Root Sheng He Shou Wu is not tonifying, but discharging, moistening and dispersing treating malarial disorders, all types of sores and abscesses and constipation.
  10. Both He Shou Wu and Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata Shu Di Huang nourish Blood, enrich Yin and tonify the Kidneys and Liver. He Shou Wu primarily enters the Liver to adjust and tonify the Blood while secondarily enriching Kidney Yin and astringing Jing. Shu Di Huang enters the Kidneys to augment Jing and marrow and strongly tonify true Yin, while secondarily nourishing Blood and tonifying the Liver. Sheng Di Huang cools the Blood while Sheng He Shou Wu treats malarial disorders resolves toxicity and moistens the Intestines.
  11. Both He Shou Wu and Colla Corii Asini E Jiao nourish Blood. He Shou Wu enters the Liver, tonifying Blood to expel Wind and blackens the hair and beard, while E Jiao nourishes Blood, moistens Dryness, nourishes the Lungs and expels Heat.
  12. Fresh Fleeceflower Xian He Shou Wu root is similar to Sheng He Shou Wu, but stronger.