Monday, October 6, 2008

Shou Wu Chih

Shou Wu Chih is a Chinese patent medicine that is reputed to act as a tonic and to .


Shou Wu Chih is a sweetened, black-colored liquid containing 15% alcohol, as well as various herbs. Its herbal ingredients include the following:

*Root of ''Polygonum multiflorum'' - 25%
*Root of ''Angelica sinensis'' - 25%
*Rhizome of ''Polygonatum sibiricum'' - 20%
*Rhizome of ''Rehmannia glutinosa'' - 10%
*Rhizome of ''Ligusticum wallichii'' - 10%
*Root of ''Angelica dahurica'' - 7%
*Fruit of ''Amomum villosum'' - 2%
*Clove - 1%

Other ingredients may also include:
*''Hedychium coronarium''
*''Jambosa caryophy'' Llus Ndz
*''Conioselinum univittatum'' Turcz

Depending on the manufacturer, Shou Wu Chih may or may not contain alcohol. The listing of ingredients on an alcohol-free brand is: Fo-ti, Angelica root, Rehmannia, Ligusticum, Solomonseal, Angelica dahurica, Cloves, Citri medica, Cardamon in distilled water base.


Shou wu chih is sold in glass bottles. It is generally consumed by adding between one and three tablespoons to a cup of hot water, tea, or soup.

Shou wu chih is a liquid tonic formula for men and women. It is claimed by the manufacturers that it gently increases the energy level and it tonifies, warms, and invigorates the blood, nourishes the liver and kidneys, and benefits the eyes. It is saidthat regular use strengthens the bones and tendons and improves sleep. Based on the herb Polygonum Multiflorum , it is suitable for long-term use.

Production and export

Shou Wu Chih is produced in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, under the brand name Yang Cheng. It is exported to other nations, including the United States.

Many Shou Wu tonics are produced in many cities in China and can be purchased at many pharmacy shops in China. Some health food stores in the United States import Shou Wu capsules, and Shou Wu herb.

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