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Shou Wu Pian
(FotiHair™)
An All Natural Chinese Herbal Supplement
Shou Wu Pian (Shou Wu Wan, FotiHair™, 首乌片) is a regarded herbal formula with the herb He Shou Wu as its main ingredient. He Shou Wu, literally Mr. He hair black, is named after the legendary man used the herb to restore his hair color, vitality, and youthful appearance a thousand years ago. In TCM, Shou Wu Pian tonifies the Liver and Kidney and promotes longevity.
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    What does it do?

    In Traditional Chinese Medicine, He Shou Wu, in its processed form, nourishes the liver and kidney1 which is the source for Blood and Essence, respectively. The Liver Blood nourishes the head, scalp, and hair. The Kidney essence nourishes the bone marrow and bones, replenishes semen, and controls the aging process. He Shou Wu may stimulate hair growth, prevent greying, and strengthen bones and muscles associated with aging.

    In addition to He Shou Wu, Shou Wu Pian (Wan) contains a blend of 12 additional herbs. This formulation is used to further enhance the action of He Shou Wu because He Shou Wu as a single herb often does not produce the optimal results. The same formula has been used by the noble class in China for vitality and longevity.

    Shou Wu Pian (Wan) is indicated in China Pharmacopoeia1 for insufficiency of liver and kidney presenting as soreness of the loins and weakness of the limbs, lightheadedness, numbness of the extremities, hair loss, and premature hair-graying.

    Does research support FotiHair?

    Several published human clinical trials2 have supported the traditional use of He Shou Wu. While the results vary among studies and individuals, over 60% of people who had hair loss experienced hair regrowth within 3 months after taking He shou Wu. In animal studies with aging mouse models, He Shou Wu was shown to lower total cholesterol and triglyceride, to reduce brain pathological changes and promote learning and memory3, 4. It is also shown to contain multiple anti-oxidants.

    Ingredients
    What is the formula composition?

    A proprietary blend of

    Radix Polygoni Multiflori
    Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae
    Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae
    Fructus Ligustri Lucidi
    Folium Mori
    Semen Sesami Nigrum
    Semen Cuscutae Chinensis
    Fructus Psoraleae Corylifoliae
    Herba Siegesbeckiae
    Flos Lonicerae Japonicae
    Fructus Mori
    Herba Ecliptae Prostratae
    Fructus Rosae Laevigatae
    (He Shou Wu)
    (Di Huang)
    (Niu Xi)
    (Nu Zhen Zi)
    (Sang Ye)
    (Hei Zhi Ma)
    (Tu Si Zi)
    (Bu Gu Zhi)
    (Xi Xian Cao)
    (Jin Yin Hua)
    (Sang Shen)
    (Mo Han Lian)
    (Jin Ying Zi)
     
    What is Available?
    Guang Ci Tang® Shou Wu Pian (FotiHair™) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets @ 5:1 strength.

    At a true 5:1 concentration, this product represents the most potent form of Shou Wu Pian (Wan) on the market. One tablet is equal to 1 gram of raw herb.

    Please note that Guang Ci Tang® Shou Wu Wan in the pill form, which has the same formulation as the tablet, is discontinued.

    Shou Wu Pian tablets are made with 100% natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency. A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested efficacy of the formula, and this water decoction is concentrated with our proprietary technology to form a potent extract that is made into easily absorbed tablets, which are remarkably effective, easy to use, and safe. The tablets are produced by Guang Ci Tang® in our state of the art cGMP-certified facility and imported in accordance with U.S. FDA guidelines. When you choose Guang Ci Tang® products, you are taking advantage of a wonderful fusion of science and tradition that incorporates the highest standards in the field of Chinese medicine today.

    Guang Ci Tang® Advantages
    Effective. Safe. Affordable
    • True 5:1 concentration
    • Double the strength of other brands
    • Minimal or no fillers and binders
    • No pharmaceuticals, sugar, or dyes
    • Comprehensive lab testing (e.g., heavy metals,etc.)
    • Made in a cGMP certified facility
    • Unbeatable value
    • Safely used in the USA since 1995

    Check for an independent US lab test report.

    How do I use it?

    Take 6 tablets each time, 2 to 3 times daily. One bottle lasts users 11 to 17 days.

    As the herbal formula is a mild tonic and acts slowly, results may not be noticeable within 3 months, it is suggested to take it for 3 months in full dose as the first regimen. The dose may then be reduced.

    Precaution
    1. Do not use it if you are taking cold medicines.
    2. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medicines.
    3. Avoid taking oily food.
    4. Use with caution if you have any of following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, stuffness of the abdomen, phlegm, and cough.
    5. If any adverse symptom occurs, discontinue use.
    6. Keep out of reach of children.

    References

    1. China Pharmacopoeia 2000.
    2. Dharmananda S. Ho-Shou-Wu. http://www.itmonline.org/arts/hoshouwu.htm.
    3. Chan YC et al., Polygonum multiflorum extracts improve cognitive performance in senescence accelerated mice. Am J Chin Med. 2003; 31:171-179.
    4. Chan YC et al., Beneficial effects of different Polygonum multiflorum Thunb. extracts on memory and hippocampus morphology. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol. 2002 Dec;48(6):491-7.
    Reviews
    FotiHair™ (Shou Wu Pian) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! My hair started graying when I was in my early twenties. Overtime white hair took over to the point of being almost unable to find brown hairs, which is my natural color. I started taking FotiHair about 2 years ago. In about 2 months I started seeing lots of brown hair and new hair growing on my hairline. The amount of brown hair I got thanks to SHOU WU PIAN is significant and easily visible. Needles to say, I will continue using it. The westernized name FotiHair is a bit misleading, especially considering the MANY health benefits of this herb compound. Advertising strategies, maybe?
    Date published: 2017-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Restored my hair color! I have been using FotiHair for about a year and a half. It slowed down my hair loss. The baby hairs at my temples are growing back in and they are coming in with my natural hair color of light brown instead of gray. My hairdresser says eventually I won't have to color my hair any more.
    Date published: 2014-04-02
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing positive to say I took this for two months. During that time I did not change anything else in my life: diet, exercise, etc. I wanted everything else to be constant, as it was prior to taking the product. I took it hoping for some hair growth, and at the very least, that my hair would stop falling out. Actually, my hair started falling out more. Not sure if this was due to liver activity from the product or coincidence. I did not notice any improved health benefits whatsoever. It may work for some but it did nothing positive to impact my health.
    Date published: 2015-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been using he shou for over 2 months now. I have been using he shou for over 2 months now. Yes it is a very slow process I have noticed darking of my side burns, still have a long way to go though.
    Date published: 2006-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for low back pain, lower body weakness, itchy skin, and anti-aging Most people will purchase FotiHair for its hair rejuvenating effects. But the main ingredient in FotiHair, HeShouWu, is also good for low back pain, lower body weakness, and itchy skin. In Chinese Medicine greying hair indicates that a person is aging faster than they should. HeShouWu is a Kidney Jing tonic which means that it restores the body's essence and increases longevity. I purchased this for a family member and tried it on a whim. Within a few days I noticed that some low back pain and lower body weakness had disappeared. I also noticed that my hair seemed a lot softer. I'll continue taking it for those reasons alone. Thank you ActiveHerb.
    Date published: 2018-10-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have used it for years This was recommended to me by my acupuncturist many years ago for air loss due to menopause..I discovered if I stop using it for a period of time my hair begins to fall out again..I can't live without it.
    Date published: 2014-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far I'm I'm pressed I ordered this a month ago and since I've started taking it, my hair looks shinier, is stronger, and feels better. My nails also have grown faster too.
    Date published: 2014-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Results Came Fast! I've been on Shou Wu Pian for about 2 and a half weeks now and I have seen noticeable difference!! I started loosing my hair after high school and I'm now 22. My hair hasn't been growing at all and started getting patchy. In 3 weeks my sides have started filling in getting thicker, and I know it works because I'm hearing from other people "wow your hair is looking thicke" and it has given me such a boost in confidence. I used rogaine for about 6 months and this foti has given me the results I've been wanting in just weeks.
    Date published: 2018-10-24
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    Product Q&A

    It is also suitable for women?

    Asked by: Angelikagluuk
    Yes. It is for both Men and Women. Thank you.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2019-01-29

    Hi, is this product suitable for vegans? If so, what are the actual pills made of? 

    Asked by: Resilientfarmerdrew
    Hi, Thanks for the question. Yes, the product is for vegans. The ingredients are shown in the product description above.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2017-12-19

    What is the dosage for 3-6 years old kids?

    Asked by: Someone
    Hi, Thanks for the question. The application of Shou Wu Pian is not what a kid would be concerned so we do not suggest kids to take it. But if a kid of 3-6 years old needs to take it, the dose would be reduced by weight proportion to adults.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2017-10-19

    What is the difference between this FotiHair and HairVive -- how should we select? I have white/grey hair (in my early 60s) and hair is like straw.

    Asked by: moon510
    Thanks for the question. Both are similar in function and popular with our customers. Which one to choose is more a personal preference.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2017-04-16

    Glad to know it’s suitable for vegans. I see the ingredients just the herbs though the herbs themselves act as the binders? What is the pill made from and or the ingredients that bind the pill? Thank you! 

    Asked by: Resilientfarmerdrew
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