He Shou Wu And Liver Damage

He Shou Wu And Liver Damage

Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history of use, and some herbs have been used for many generations. Some of these herbs are now well known and widely used, while others are less familiar. He Shou Wu is one such lesser-known herb that has recently received some attention. The primary active ingredient in He Shou Wu is shou wu fun gan teng luo huang (Scrophulariaceae). This herb is also called Magnolia bark, cinnamon bark, etc., and it can be found growing in China, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the West Indies.
So what if He Shou Wu can cause liver damage? Let’s take a closer look at this herbal remedy to see if it’s safe or not.
 
What Is He Shou Wu?
He Shou Wu is a herb that is used for many ailments, but the main use of this herb is as a liver tonic. It is used to help the body get rid of toxins and excess fluids that accumulate in the liver. This herb is mainly used to treat jaundice (a disease in which excess yellow pigment is produced in the liver). It is also used to regulate the menstrual cycle.
He Shou Wu is a member of the citrus family. It contains alkaloids called shou wu bei, which are known to have anti-tumor properties. It has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, and can help treat a number of health issues, including hepatitis, hepatitis B, and cirrhosis. The most important phytonutrients in He Shou Wu are hesperidin and quercetin, that can cause potential liver damage. Hesperidin, a bioflavinoid, is known to interact with certain liver enzymes, thickening the blood and increasing the risk of bleeding in the gut. Quercetin, on the other hand, has been shown to interfere with blood platelet function, which can also increase the risk of bleeding in the gut.
 
Can He Shou Wu Cause Liver Damage?
Liver damage can result from consuming herbs that interact with your liver in a way that increases your risk of breaking down the clotting factors in your blood. This can lead to excessive bleeding, which can be dangerous as it can lead to anemia, low levels of oxygen in the blood, and even organ damage.
In one study, researchers tested He Shou Wu and found that it had an inhibitory effect on cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved in the breakdown of toxins and drugs in the body. This means that shou wu can interfere with the liver’s ability to eliminate toxins and drugs, and  can increase the risk of liver damage if you consume it regularly in large doses.
This is not to say that He Shou Wu can cause liver damage; but if you have underlying liver problems, or you consume a high dose of He Shou Wu, its phytochemical content could interact with your liver and can increase your risk of liver damage.
 
Is He Shou Wu Safe?
In one study, researchers found that consuming He Shou Wu on a daily basis increased the levels of bilirubin in the blood, which is a sign that the liver is not able to effectively eliminate toxins from the body. However, it is important to note that this study only looked at levels of bilirubin and not liver damage.
This suggests that He Shou Wu itself is not harmful to the liver, but that consuming it regularly has the potential to cause liver damage in those with pre-existing liver problems. 
 
Conclusion
He Shou Wu is a lesser-known Chinese herb that has been used for many generations. It is an all-around powerhouse in supporting healthy-mortality balance, promoting sinus and respiratory health, and enhancing immunity. This herb is mainly used as a liver tonic, which means it is used to help the body get rid of toxins and excess fluids in the liver. At the same time, He Shou Wu can increase your risk of liver damage if you consume it regularly in large doses. It is important to talk to your doctor or herbalist before you start taking it.
 
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