In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fo-Ti is one of the herbs used to nourish the heart and calm the spirit. It has red stems, heart shaped leaves and either white or pink flowers. The literal English translation of its name is "vine to pass through the night." With a distinctive sweet yet bitter taste, fo-ti was thought to unblock the channels of energy through the body, allowing the escape of the pathogenic influences that cause generalized weakness, soreness, pain, and fatigue.
Depending on the method of processing, there are four different types of Fo-Ti on the market: raw, cured (ours is cured), wine, and steamed. Another use of the herb is bringing color back to graying hair. The Chinese nickname for the herb, ho shou wu, literally means "Mr. He's Black Hair," Mr. He being a man of Chinese legend who restored his youth and sexual potency by taking Fo-Ti tea.
Fo-Ti is also classified as a Shen and Yin tonic. Shen translates to “spirit” and anything with Yin properties, which correlates to the feminine element/energy, promotes receptivity. This means that this herb makes one “receptive to spirit,” which the more sensitive people will definitely notice after consuming Fo-Ti for any length of time. In addition to its powerfully rejuvenative physical effects, Fo-Ti benefits and stimulates intuitive abilities as well, opening one to their deeper spiritual nature and awareness. Users often notice a distinct increase in creativity, inspiration, and intuitive guidance, making it an important herb for artists, meditators, or anyone seeking to expand their experience of reality in profound ways.