Fo-Ti (Polygonum multiflorum) is a native of China, although it can now be found in Japan and Taiwan. The rhizome of this herb can be used, either raw or processed. Fo-Ti contains the anthraquinone derivatives, chrysophanol and emodin, along with a small amount of rhein. Studies have shown that Fo-Ti root is effective as lowering cholesterol and decreasing the hardening of arteries. Fo-Ti has also been used as a mild laxative.
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Cautions Orally, the raw Fo-Ti root may cause catharsis, diarrhea, abdomincal pain, nausea and vomiting.