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Poor Man's Bird's Nest

POOR MAN'S BIRD NEST aka Polygonum chinense, Persicaria chinensis, Chinese Knotweed, red bush, Creeping Smartweed, Common Marsh Buchwheat, rice smartweed, southern smartweed, Climbing knotweed, flowery knotweed, fo-ti, fo-ti-teng, he shou wu, and ho shou wu.


Propagate : cuttings, seeds

Light : sunny

Water : 1-2 times a day

Soil : good drainage, versatile, wet

Fertilizer : not necessary

It's a very versatile plant that can grow in most tropic climate. It can tolerate a wide range of environmental conditions.


Respiratory Health: It's known as Bird's Nest supposedly because it is good for the lungs and clears the lungs. It is used to treat ulcers, eczema, stomach aches and various inflammatory diseases in traditional Chinese medicine.

Heart Health: extremely beneficial to your heart because it consists of lectins which attach to carbohydrates in the cells of the body. Lectins help in decreasing the buildup of plaque in blood vessels which can result in cardiovascular conditions. Additionally, Chinese knotweed lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular conditions as well as maintaining the elasticity of arteries which carries the risk of heart attack.

Hair Growth: Chinese knotweed has long been recognized as the perfect hair growth and rejuvenation tonic. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our hair reveals the state of your liver, kidneys and blood. Research in the US National Library of Medicine concluded that the herb consists of Radix Polygoni Multiflori (RPM) which has hypolipidemic effects. Mostly, hypolipidemic agents help to reduce the concentrations of lipids or fats in the blood which improve the essence of blood and enhance nourishment to the liver as well as kidneys. Hypolipidemic agents are known to revitalize hair and strengthen bones.

Liver Health: Chinese knotweed root extract is extremely beneficial in helping the liver to clean up blood by preventing accumulation of liver fat. Lipid peroxidation usually happens when cell membranes experience reduced electrons taken away by free radicals or oxidation. When the liver is functioning optimally, it is greatly effective in getting rid of toxins from the blood.

It is widely used as an herbal medicine and as a depurative herb (detox) in Malaysia.


Excessive use may cause liver toxicity.

Avoid use during Pregnancy, Breast feeding.

It may cause diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, stomach pain, jaundice, hepatitis and numbness in the arms/legs.

Consultation with Healthcare Professional is must before use.

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