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Chinese Fleece Flower

Chinese Fleece Flower

Chinese fleece flower, popularly known as Ho Shou Wu and Fo-ti, is the perennial plant that particularly grows in China, Malaysia and Japan. It is consumed in two distinct ways owing to its tremendous health benefits.

Chinese use the Chinese fleece flower extract to restore lost hair, treat premature graying of hairs, promote fertility, and prevent the aging effects. Being the native plant of China, it is known for its rejuvenating properties and is popular herbal medicine.

Basic Information

Scientific Name Polygonum multiflorum (Fallopia multiflora)
Plant Family Polygonaceae
English Name Chinese fleece flower
Other Names Fo-ti, Ho Shou Wu, Chinese Knotweed, Flowery Knotweed, Climbing Knotweed,  Kashuu

Botanical Description

Botanical Classification (Taxonomy)

Division Angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida
Subclass Eudicots
Order Caryophyllales
Family Polygonaceae
Genus Fallopia
Species F. multiflora

Plant Description

Type of Plant Perennial, etc.
Native Range (Geographic Distribution) China, Japan,  Malaysia
Height (grows up to) 2–4 meter tall
Roots Reddish in color

Medicinal Parts

Roots are used for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal Properties

  1. Astringent
  2. Demulcent
  3. Cardiac Tonic
  4. Mild laxative
  5. Hair tonic
  6. Aphrodisiac
  7. Detox
  8. Anti-hypertensive

Therapeutic Indications

Chinese fleece flower is therapeutically used in following health conditions.

  1. Atherosclerosis
  2. High cholesterol
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Constipation
  5. Kidney diseases
  6. Liver disorders
  7. Age related memory loss
  8. Insomnia
  9. Premature graying of hair
  10. Dizziness
  11. General muscular debility

Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Scientists are looking back towards old wives’ tales for the hidden health benefits-turning back to marshes, forests, meadows, herbs and flowers in order to search new drugs and herbs. Nature is an unbelievable chemist that through herbs and flowers has delivered the widest range of powerful and effective therapies from digitalis and Foxglove to aspirin, meadowsweet and willow. Chinese fleece flower, in this respect, deserves our consideration for its wide range of health benefits.


For decades, Chinese people are using Polygonum multiflorum as herbal medicine. Its reddish roots primarily carry all medicinal properties that are boiled with black beans for the preparation of red Fo-ti. The superb preparation has the capacity of preventing heart diseases by restricting the formation of plague in the vessels.

High cholesterol

The flower is very effective for reducing the cholesterol level in the blood.  It comprises chemicals called lectins, which is also beneficial for liver. Lectins have the capacity of preventing fat accumulation in the blood. Processed roots of Fo-ti contain anti-tumor, anti-oxidant, and immune-stimulant sedative properties.


Fleece flowers in unprocessed form or “white Fo-ti” is widely used for the laxative purposes through oral administration.

Chinese fleece flowers for skin diseases

Users can apply directly unprocessed Fo-ti over skin to treat various skin conditions such as razor burns, acne, scrapes, dermatitis, and also athlete’s foot. One can fight against constipation, inflammation, toxicosis, and hyperlipidemia with the flower. You can buy Fo-ti as whole or sliced roots, powdered form, capsule form, tonics and solutions.

Great source of resveratrol

The flower is the concentrated source of resveratrol that boasts long list of health benefits that include anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular health, lowering the blood sugar level, preventing joint diseases, eliminating certain types of cancers, eliminating kidney diseases, and improvement of athletic endurance. Resveratrol has the capacity of increasing the production of protein, SIRT1 that is known for improving human lifespan. By improving the blood flow, the flower protects one from heart diseases and even brain. Recent studies suggest that Chinese fleece flower has the potentiality of reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Caution and side effects

Never prescribe fleece flower in case of damp phlegm and loose stool.

People with greater tendency for arthritis, gout, kidney stones, or hyperacidity should be cautious of this flower. The flower can aggravate the situation.

If taken in excess Chinese fleece flower can cause skin rashes and numbness of extremity. It also causes photosensitivity in susceptible ones.

The root of the Chinese fleece flower can restore the lost hair. Treating the blood deficiency syndrome, it replenishes blood, regulates menstrual cycle, and helps one do away with bald patches, dizziness, palpitation and paleness.  Raw fleece flower can treat scrofula and carbuncle. It strengthens legs and loins by improving blood supply and curing blood deficiency.


Chinese fleece flower replenishes kidney and liver and directly enriches the blood, lubricates bowels, moistens intestines, relieves constipation, and safely clears away toxins. The root of this plant is the important Chinese herbal tonic, which is used for restoring vitality and virility. It works especially upon the reproductive system, liver, circulatory system and urinary system. It benefits the blood and body’s vital systems and astringes primordial energy. Although mild in action, the flower is very powerful in toxification. Anyone can prolong his/her life by regularly using it. It treats deficiency of blood and debility of lower-jiao.

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