Called the "Elixir of Life," Fo-ti tonic is said to produce longevity,
fertility and vitality. Taking Fo-ti is said to keep one vigorous and extends one's life
span. It is a vine plant that grows well in a shady bed.
Growing Info: This vine plant
is a vigorous specimen with a very cunning growth ability. New plants should be grown in pots
until their second spring when they can be transplanted into a shady bed with a trellis. Can be
grown in sun or shade, but Fo-ti will not tolerate high heat very well at all. This woody
perennial can grow to six feet.
Standard Uses: This vine plant
is a good ornamental selection for gardens needing a lush green vine to cover a trellis. Their
ability to grow in a shady location is a plus, but their inability to withstand high heat does
limit their use in warmer regions.
Medicinal Uses: Fo-ti is said
to have a root that grows as big as a football at times. It's reputation as a tonic has been
touted as a substance to produce longevity, fertility and vitality. Today, many use it as an
effective tool against high blood pressure and hardening of the veins and arteries. The
component of Lecithin which is contained in Fo-ti helps to reduce arterial plaque and blood
pressure. It has also been used for years as a folk remedy for darkening pre-mature gray