Alzheimer disease, Back pain, Insomnia, Cancer, Constipation, Dizziness (vertigo), Graying hair, Heart disease, Insomnia,
Itching, Liver disease, Muscle strength, Osteoarthritis, Parkinson disease, Patchy hair loss (alopecia areata), Ringing in the ears (tinnitus), Decline in memory and thinking skills that occurs normally with age, Abnormal levels of cholesterol or blood fats (dyslipidemia), High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia), Long-term kidney disease (chronic kidney disease or CKD), Male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), Swelling (inflammation) of the prostate due to infection, Tuberculosis, Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis).
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Fo-ti is a herb. This herb is also known as Ho-shou-wu. The processed (cured) root of the plant is used to make medicine. Fo-ti is commonly used by mouth to help treat or prevent conditions related to aging, including cancer, heart disease, and memory problems. Fo-ti is also applied directly to the skin for sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, and itching. But there is limited scientific evidence to support these uses.
In manufacturing, fo-ti extract is used as an ingredient in hair and skin care products.
Don't confuse fo-ti with the commercial product Fo-ti-Teng that contains no fo-ti.
How does it work?
Fo-ti might affect the levels of various chemicals in the body that are thought to have anti-aging effects. Fo-ti might also increase the number of hair follicles and stimulate hair growth.
Possible side effects include:
- When taken by mouth: Fo-ti is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take by mouth due to concerns that it might cause liver damage in both adults and children. Fo-ti has been linked to liver damage in several reports, including one case in a 5-year-old child.
- Children: Fo-ti is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth by children due to concerns that it might cause liver damage. At least one case of liver damage linked with fo-ti use in a 5-year-old child has been reported.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Fo-ti is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take by mouth during pregnancy. Fo-ti contains chemicals that can act like a strong laxative. The chemicals work by stimulating the intestine. Bulk-forming laxatives are a safer choice in pregnancy.
- It is also POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use fo-ti if you are breast-feeding. The chemicals that have a laxative effect can pass into breast milk and cause diarrhea in some breast-fed infants.
- Not enough is known about the safety of applying fo-ti to the skin during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It's best to avoid using it.
- Diabetes: Fo-ti might affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar closely if you have diabetes and take fo-ti.
- Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Fo-ti extract might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use fo-ti.
- Liver disease: Fo-ti has been linked to multiple cases of liver problems including hepatitis. There is a concern that fo-ti might make existing liver disease worse and may also increase the risk of bleeding in patients with liver disease.
- Surgery: Fo-ti might affect blood sugar levels and the ability of blood to clot, so there is concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control and blood clotting during and after surgery. Stop using fo-ti at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.