Polygonum: Adverse herb reaction to He-shou-wu

by Paul Bergner

Medical Herbalism 07-31-97 9(2): 17

Chinese doctors published a case report last year of a 31 year old pregnant woman who developed hepatitis after consumption of Shou-wu-pian, a Chinese proprietary preparation of Polygonum multiflorum. Polygonum is sold in North America under the trade name Fo Ti. Tests for viral hepatitis were negative, and there was no evidence of any other disease. Polygonum is considered to enter the liver and kidney channels in traditional Chinese medicine, and is contraindicated in that system with signs of stagnancy or congestion. The adverse effects in this case may have been due to the stangancy which often accompanies pregnancy.

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