Chinese Senega

Latin name: Radix polygalae tenuifoliae, Polygala tenuifolia
Chinese name: yuan zhi
Other name: polygala

What is Chinese Senega?
Chinese senega is the dried root of the flowering plant Polygala senega. The primary function of this herb is to ease stress and calm the emotions.

What are the health benefits of Chinese Senega?
Chinese senega treats symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, palpitations and restlessness. It is especially good for clearing constrained emotions, “pent-up” feelings, and brooding thoughts.

Additionally, Chinese senega is used to dispel a cough with lots of phlegm, especially if it is difficult to expel. This herb works by increasing fluid secretion in the bronchioles, helping to move the phlegm out of the lungs. It may, therefore, increase coughing in the short term.

Are there any precautions for taking Chinese Senega?
Prolonged use of Chinese senega could cause stomachaches and diarrhea, and therefore should not be used for a long time period or by patients who have ulcers or gastritis.  Chinese senega should not be used pregnant or lactating women.

Where can I find Chinese Senega?
Chinese senega can be found online through herb suppliers, or at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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