Fo-Ti's Efficacy Plagued by a Serious Scarcity Issue
Fo-Ti is a Chinese herb called He shou wu. He shou wu means "black-haired Mr. He" in Chinese. This name refers to the legend from the 9th century A.D. of an old villager named Mr. He who took Fo-Ti and restored his black hair, youthful appearance and vitality. He lived to 130, maintaining his black hair. Processed Fo-Ti root is the main active ingredient in many modern anti-aging and anti-gray hair natural products as well as in numerous hair loss remedies such as Shen Min, Shou Wu Pill, Shou Wu Pian, Reminex, etc.
Although the efficacy of Fo-Ti in reversing gray hair was confirmed in 813 A.D. there are still millions of people in Europe and America that are using potentially unhealthy synthetic hair dyes to conceal their gray hair. Some of them have never heard of Fo-Ti but some who have tried it did not get the desired results.
The problem with today's Fo-Ti root is that it is no longer as powerful as it used to be centuries ago. This is due to the population explosion that China, Japan and Taiwan have experienced in the last two centuries and the resulting deforestation and soil erosion. This in turn has led to the depletion and degeneration of the Fo-Ti plant population. It is now rare to find Fo-Ti plants that are bigger than 80 cm in height and older than 30 years. Good quality roots can be harvested only in the deep mountain valleys surrounded by the endemic sawtooth oak forests in central China and the harvested plants must be at last 50 years old. Due to the lack of good-quality, raw material, high grade Fo-Ti is now consumed only locally with small quantities being sold in Vietnam.
In Vietnam it is mandatory that the top communist party officials preserve their youthful appearance. In picture left you can see Vietnam's 92 year-old Communist Party General Secretary, Nong Duc Manh, meeting Fidel Castro (who is now 81) on his recent official visit to Cuba. Nong Duc Manh, though being much older than Fidel Castro, does not look his age. His face gives an amazingly youthful impression, his hair is carbon black and his hairline intact. It was confirmed by a spokeswoman of the Communist Party of Vietnam that Mr. Nong Duc Manh's key to vitality was a youth tonic containing high grade Fo-Ti but she would not specify the product's name. Nevertheless, the picture clearly demonstrates Fo-Ti's superiority over any other youth tonic available on the market today. Referring back to the quality issue, the difficulty is that the same efficacy cannot be guaranteed for products available to European and North American customers.
If you have not guessed by now, this story is an April fool's joke and it is not recommended buying Fo-Ti or any product built around Fo-Ti as its principal ingredient for reversing grey hair.