Polygonum (He Shou Wu)

Poygonum Illustration

What is Polygonum?

Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years, Polygonum is packed with Resveratrol, a compound rich in anti-aging and antioxidant properties.  It increases circulation, which in turn delivers antimicrobial effects on the skin and stimulates collagen production.  Polygonum also decreases melanin production, assisting in the fight against hyperpigmentation.*

What are the Benefits of Polygonum?

Polygonum is a natural source of Resveratrol, an agent rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help fight diseases.  In addition to increasing collagen production, it helps thwart skin-damaging free radicals, and reduces signs of irritation and pigmentation, and also protects skin from damaging UVB rays.*

Polygonum Benefits: 

  • Rich in antioxidants that fight against premature aging 
  • Increase collagen production and enhanced skin elasticity
  • Combats skin hyperpigmentation and protects skin against UVB damage

Polygonum in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine, Polygonum was used topically to treat skin irritation and inflammation.  It has also been used to treat headaches, muscle aches, dizziness, graying hair, and as a tonic for liver and kidney conditions.*

This herb is taken as a longevity herb that protects the hair, skin, and teeth against aging. It nourishes the blood, keeps  the skin moist, and reduces inflammation and redness. It can also be used to treat soreness of the low back and legs as well as constipation all due to aging. 

This is one of the most important anti-aging herbs in TCM.


How to Take Polygonum

Polygonum is commonly available as an oral tablet or capsule, extract, or can be made into a tea.  Polygonum is used in our supplements and can be found in our Surface Appeal.


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