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Shou Wu Pian
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.

    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.

    Differentiation in Usage

    Side Effects
    Shou Wu Pian (Wan) has been safely used with few adverse effects when it is used as directed.


    Allergy Info
    FotiHair™ is gluten free

    In the Media

    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.


    1. China Pharmacopoeia 2000.
    2. Dharmananda S. Ho-Shou-Wu.
    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.
    FotiHair™ (Shou Wu Pian) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
    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 5 out of 5 by from I've used the Shou Wu Wan Guang Ci Tang Brand for about two plus years I've used the Shou Wu Wan Guang Ci Tang Brand for about two plus years and recently switched over to the Hairvive brand for its higher potency. I've not seen either effect my sparsely graying hairs, thus the main reason why I bought it, but it’s worked well in other ways. The two most noticeable changes; it strengthened my nails, regulates bowel movements and it may help with keeping my youthful looks.
    Date published: 2006-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have started taking your HE SHOU WU product Have started taking your HE SHOU WU product in 10 pills/day quantity on August 15,2005 to today's date (98 days or 14 weeks)... & ... just want to relay this message to say something must be working as to my surprise have noticed some hair sprouting in area never before seen!
    Date published: 2005-11-22
    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 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 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 I have been taking the Shou Wu Wan for several months I have been taking the Shou Wu Wan for several months, and it is definitely been helping grow more hair on my head.
    Date published: 2006-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from FotiHair my hairdresser believes it is working! My hair is thicker
    Date published: 2014-03-11
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