Polygala ( 远志 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Polygalae Tenuifoliae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Yuan Zhi

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used





Bitter, acrid

Meridians Entered

Kidneys, Heart, Lungs

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia; also used to clear phlegm from Lungs and to treat acute and chronic bronchitis.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Calms Spirit, centers mind, and facilitates flow of Qi in the Heart; tonifies Heart Qi, Blood, and Yin; expels Phlegm and clears orifices; expels Phlegm from Lungs.

Common Formulas Used In

Cerebral Tonic Pills; Fritillaria Extract Tablet; Ginseng and Longan; Ginseng and Zizyphus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is deficient Yin with heat signs.

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