He Shou Wu (aka Polyganum) – Besides being the premier longevity herb of Chinese tonic herbalism, it also calms you but increases your energy, cleans the blood, fortifies the muscles, tendons, and bones; prevents premature aging, maintains the youthful condition and color of the hair, strengthens sperm and ova, fortifies the back and knees, and is a major sexual tonic when used regularly.
He Shou Wu also has the amazing ability to put you on a blissful “natural high.” Researchers have found that of all the herbs studied, He Shou Wu is the greatest inhibitor of MAO-B (Monoamine Oxidase-B). Produced by our bodies in increasing amounts as we age, MAO’s can break down the brain chemical Dopamine, which is a “feel good” chemical we produce. By inhibiting this breakdown, we get more Dopamine to our brains which naturally makes us feel great. This can also improve other brain functions like concentration, focus, memory, learning power, and more.
By combining this herb with foods that are naturally full of good brain chemicals like raw chocolate (cacao) and Blue Green Algae (E3 Live – Brain-On is best) which contain PEA’s (phenylethylamine) you can really turn on the “pleasure” centers of the brain. The South American herb Macuna Puriens has very high levels of L-dopa which is converted to dopamine by the brain. A bruised banana has lots of dopamine quinine, a natural form of dopamine. Almonds and sesame seeds contain it as well.
He Shou Wu works best with those with low dopamine levels and is not for everyone. Dopamine levels start to fall dramatically in many people after 45 or 50. As always, proceed slowly at first and consult your health practitioner.