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Updated on November 28, 2016


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.

Shou Wu Chih - A herbal tonic beverage from China.
Shou Wu Chih - A herbal tonic beverage from China.

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:

*Enhanced Energy

*Increased Stamina

*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 Rehmannia

o Lovage

o Dahurian Angelica

o Villous Amomum

o Clove

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.

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Shou Wu Chih and related Tonic Products

Below are just a few awesome items that you might enjoy.

Give them a look, a read, or a try. This will lead you on to discover more and more things to enlighten you and (hopefully) improve your health and well-being.


Chinese Tonic Herbs
Chinese Tonic Herbs

This is THE book on Chinese Herbal Tonics. Read it and get started on the Road to Chinese Tonic Medicine.

He Shou Wu for Gray Hair - Chinese Herb Stimulates Hair Growth - Most Powerful Shou Wu Available - FREE GIFT WITH 3 BOTTLE PURCHASE!
He Shou Wu for Gray Hair - Chinese Herb Stimulates Hair Growth - Most Powerful Shou Wu Available - FREE GIFT WITH 3 BOTTLE PURCHASE!

Here is the main ingredient He Shou Wu (aka: Fo Ti ) in tablet form. It is a powerful rejuvenator in its own right!

The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs
The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs

Another great book by a Master in his own right.


Give us your take on this popular herbal tonic.

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      Julia Atwater 3 years ago

      There is one out there that is alcoholic free. I used to by it from a Chinese store. However, the store does not carry any more. I used it for years.

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      aneeshasdad 3 years ago

      It sounds like we should all be using this one. Next time I go to my local Chinese grocery store I'll be on the lookout for it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have used it daily for years. It's a wonderful tonic!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have used it daily for years. It's a wonderful tonic!

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      EdithDurboraw 5 years ago

      Nice herbal medicine. I'm a fan. In the past I had libido problems due to stress and I've used this. Since then I've been more happy and my marriage really got a boost.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You are supposed to take 1/2 ounce, there is

      an insignificant amount of alcohol in it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thisbherbal stuff shouldnnot be called as such, since it contains rice wine and that in long run can be addicted causing a lots of pain for the person who uses and the loved ones it affect emotion, causing losing with thinking angers vulnerables depressions, pores of your body affected eyes vein capillar extrem red, it is an alcoholic substance that it not srve any purposes when it destroys all the others, my questions is to all the users what else have you going thru and what you are doing tonremove your self of this false herbal when you know ot only you damaging your self my also hurt your loved ones. You can do better without. Now please can someone tells me what and how you withdraw from shoo wu chih?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Since Shou wu is a kidney and liver tonic, the Chinese also believe that when a person loses his or her hair on their head, it is due to an imbalance of both organs. These organs need to be toned, as Shou wu will do exactly that. Hence your hair should start to regrow, come in thicher, and what is there should stop falling out. Of course, this also has a lot to do with a good diet and rest as well, which that alone will not regrow hair. Since I have been taking this product for a period of six months and still going and will always keep going, I now have a full head of hair.