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He Shou Wu is a natural plant food, one that you can use as a culinary ingredient in a variety of ways.
At Raw Living, we have been using He Shou Wu in this way for many years and we are passionate about bringing this new class of foods to you, and showing you how you can introduce them into your kitchen.
Many of these foods are relatively new to us in the West, and to the majority of people they are still unheard of. In actual fact, they have been used in the countries they originate from for hundreds and often thousands of years, and are still in common use today.
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He Shou Wu is also known as Foti root, Fo-ti-teng, or Ho Shou Wu.. He Shou Wu is an ancient Chinese herb, and like Reishi, is classed as a Superior Tonic Herb in Chinese medicine.
Mention of He Shou Wu can be found in the Chinese medical treatise dating to 713 AD, though it is not the earliest tonic herb listed in the Chinese herbal lore, its wide and prevalent use today has certainly made it one of the better known herbs.
Millions of men and women make use of He Shou Wu in the Far East.
The name of this herb literally means "Black-haired Mr. He," in reference to an ancient story of a Mr. He who restored his vitality, sexual potency, and youthful appearance by taking the herb now named after him. While we aren't sure if this is the same person, He Shouwu, a Chinese man, is reputed to have lived until the age of 132, and is the first consumer of this herb to be reported.
NB he shou wu is heat treated in preparation, so it is not a raw ingredient.