Yuan Zhi


Yuan Zhi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Yuan Zhi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: polygala, siberian milkwort root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Polygalae
Properties: acrid, bitter, slightly warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, HT, KD

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
disperses cold, disperses wind, resolves phlegm, reduces swelling

    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng- expel phlegm and open orifices, reduce abcess
  • Mi Zhi- calm spirit, quiet heart

Actions / Indications:
  • Resolve abcesses; disspiates swellings (sores, boils, abcesses; swollen and painful breasts; internally or externally with yellow urine)
  • Calms spirit; quiets heart (restlessness, insomnia, palpitations with anxiety, disorientation, excessive broodin or constrained emotion)
  • Expels phlegm from LU; opens orifices (phlegm blocking heart orifices with emotional and mental disorientation; seizures; cough with copious sputum that is difficult to expectorate, especially for phlegm-cold or wind-cold)
  • (cc: excess fire or phlegm heat)
  • (cc: caution with ulcers, gastritis)

    Special Notes:
  • Ye Jiao Teng is for depression due to blood stagnation, while He Huan Hua is for depression due to Qi stagnation. For depression with phlegm choose Yuan Zhi, while blood deficiency depression is best treated with He Huan Pi.