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Polygala Root

(Yuan Zhi)



Yuan Zhi, also known as Polygala tenuifolia or Chinese Senega, is a well-known herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is primarily used for its calming and cognitive-enhancing properties. 



Calms the Spirit (Shen):

Yuan Zhi is renowned for its ability to calm the mind and spirit. It is often used to treat insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, and restlessness

  • Expels Phlegm and Clears the Orifices:

    • It helps to clear phlegm from the lungs and promote the flow of Qi, making it useful for coughs, chest congestion, and even some mental confusion or emotional disturbances related to phlegm misting the Heart orifices.
  • Enhances Cognitive Function:

    • Yuan Zhi is traditionally believed to enhance memory and cognitive function. It is used in formulations aimed at improving mental clarity and preventing cognitive decline.
  • Reduces Swelling and Abscesses:

    • It can be applied topically or taken internally to reduce swellings, boils, and abscesses.



Bitter & pungent


DISCLAIMER: Always consult with your Acupuncturist before taking herbs and inform them of all other medications you are taking to avoid interactions.

Polygala Root (Yuan Zhi)

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