Polygonum multiflorum

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Polygonum multiflorum is aslo known as Fallopia multiflora, belongs to Polygonaceae, family.
The English Name for this herb is Fo-ti.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of Polygonum multiflorum are Anti-bacterial, Anti-cholestrolemic, Anti-pyretic, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-tumor, Astringent, Cardiotonic, Demulcent, Deobstruent, Hypoglycaemic, Laxative, Sedative, Tonic.

Processed root:

  • Mild Laxative

  • Indications

    The Indications of Stem of Polygonum multiflorum are Neurasthenia, Ring Worm, Insomnia.

    The Indications of Whole Herb of Polygonum multiflorum are Atherosclerosis, Fatigue, Constipation, Immune function, High Cholesterol.

    The Indications of Processed root of Polygonum multiflorum are Menstrual Complaints, Menopausal complaints, Swollen lymph glands, High cholesterol levels.

    No Contra Indication information is available for Polygonum multiflorum.


    No Temperament information is available for Polygonum multiflorum.

    Available Brands

    No Brand information is available for Polygonum multiflorum.

    Compound Preparations

    No Compound Preparation information is available for Polygonum multiflorum.


    Processed root3.000g - 5.000gBy boiling in 250 ml (1cup) of water for ten to fifteen mminutes.

    Herb's Description

    Polygonum multiflorum. Perennial Climber growing to 4.5m. It is hardy to zone 7. It is in flower from September to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. We rate it 3 out of 5 for usefulness.

    Taste Odor & Occurrence

    Occurence: It is native of China. It occurs in Japan, Taiwan.


    No information regarding Polygonum multiflorum's substitute is currently available.

    Active Constituents

    Polygonum multiflorum's Active constituents:


    No information regarding Polygonum multiflorum's antidot is currently available.

    Warning & Precautions

    The unprocessed root may cause mild diarrhoea. Root - cooked. It should be washed several times in order to leech out the bitterness. This process will also remove many of the vitamins and minerals from the roots. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails Some people who are sensitive to fo-ti may develope a skin rash. Very high doses may cause numbness in the arms or legs. Although no specific mention has been made for this species, there have been reports that some members of this genus can cause photosensitivity in susceptible people. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition


    Polygonum multiflorum:
    Constituent: Oxalic Acid
    Effects: Mineral deficency
    Many species contain oxalic acid (the distinctive lemony flavour of sorrel) - whilst not toxic this substance can bind up other minerals making them unavailable to the body and leading to mineral deficiency. Cooking the leaves will reduce their content of oxalic acid.