Pharmacology studies show that ho-shou-wu extract improves the cardiovascular system, enhances immune functions, slows the degeneration of glands, increases antioxidant activity, and reduces the accumulation of lipid peroxidation, all of which may be taken into account for anti-aging effects of ho-sou-wu.
Ho-shou-wu extract was shown to have effects on the hepatic antioxidant system superoxide dismutase (SOD), accumulation of lipid peroxidase, enhancement of cell-mediated immune responses, and lowering cholesterol, all of which are helpful and preventive for liver dysfunctions.
3.Alopecia & premature graying of hair
Ho-shou-wu has also been investigated to treat alopecia and premature graying of hair. Alopecia may arise from numerous causes.
The anthraquinones containing in ho-shou-wu extract tend to cause soft stool and may even cause slight diarrhea, which is helpful for patients suffering from constipation.