SHOU WU CHIH
SHOU WU CHIH CHINESE HERBAL ENERGY & LIBIDO TONIC DRINK
The tonic beverage Shou Wu Chih is considered to be one of China's most popular herbal drinks. It has a wide range of uses and has wonderful rejuvenative properties. This lens will take a in-depth look at this herbal formula and discuss its benefits.
Some Benefits of Shou Wu Chih
It Gives Back More Than It Takes...
The following are some of the benefits of regular use of this Tonic beverage:
*Calming to the nervous system.
*Deep, restful sleep.
A few words about this wonderful herbal Tonic
Shou wu chi is an herbal tonic beverage made in China. The main 2 herbs in the formula are He shou wu (aka: Fo-Ti) and Dong Quai (aka: Tang Kwei, Dang Gui). Though there are at least 10-15 additional ingredients in the formula those two are the star herbs.
This drink is legendary in many metropolitan cities across North America and Europe. It is famous as an Energy tonic but there is no doubt that it is a Kidney & Blood tonic par excellent! It is also rejuvenating to the blood and nourishes the tissues. Because of the wide range of herbs in the formula it is also beneficial to the liver and spleen although it is more noticeable to most people its affects on the Kidneys, and reproductive organs.
One other interesting aspect to this tonic formula is its ability to ease stress and nervousness and facilitate and deep, calm sleep. This affect can be traced directly to the herb He shou wu (Fo-ti).
Although primarily sought after for it’s rejuvenating properties and its aphrodisiac qualities there are other energy-building aspects to this tonic that are extremely important.
The best way to obtain benefit from it is drinking it regularly, at least 2-3 cups per day. Let me clarify how it should be prepared as I have seen and heard many different ways of ingesting this wonderful tonic some of which will produce contrary effects than the ones desired.
As it is an extract of herbs it is highly concentrated, thus drinking it straight, undiluted may seem to be the way to drink it, in fact this will be counterproductive. Remember it is a tonic beverage. This means that its effects are going to slowly, but powerfully awaken, enhance, and revitalize the body.
That being said it is best to take 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid and add that to a cup of boiling water. Stir the liquid and add a natural sweetener if you wish. Since it is as was mentioned an herbal extract this means that there is the presence of grain alcohol in the beverage, though it is not an intoxicant those who for religious, medical, or philosophical reasons do not wish to ingest alcohol can simply add the contents of the bottle to a pot, bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes until the alcohol evaporates. Keep in mind that if you do this make sure to refrigerate the product as the means to preserve it (e.g. grain alcohol) has been removed.
The following is a list of the herbs that are found in Shou Wu Chih:
o Radix Polygoni multiflori
o Chinese Angelica Root
o King Solomonseal
o Dahurian Angelica
o Villous Amomum
For the most part it is a mild and safe tonic formula that is energizing and rejuvenating.
Lastly I want to leave you with an inside secret based on my personal experience with this tonic formula during the past 15 years since I first was introduced to it. One of the best times to drink a good strong cup of Shou wu chih (besides the obvious time of an hour or two before bedtime) is between 3PM and 6PM. If one regularly does this I can (almost) guarantee that the will see extremely exciting and positive results in their energy, brain function, and stamina.
Have You Tried It Yet?
What is your experience with Shou Wu Chih?
Some interesting links and words on this Tonic beverage. - Look this list over more than once...
- Info from Wikipedia about He shou wu (Polygonum multiflorum)
Polygonum multiflorum From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- HO-SHOU-WU - WHAT'S IN AN HERB NAME?
WHAT'S IN AN HERB NAME? by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon
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