Polygala tenuifolia,Chinese senega root,traditional use and modern formula for Restorative Sleep.
- Basic Botanical Information of Polygala Root.
- Botanical Introduction of Polygala tenuifolia Willd and Polygala sibirica.Polygala Recipes:Collection and Prepare.
- Traditional Herbs for Sleep and Relaxation:Chinese Senega Root.
- Pharmacological Properties of Polygala tenuifolia.
- Phytochemicals and constituents of Polygala Root.
- Polygala Root:Administration Guide and Suggestions.
- History of Polygala tenuifolia:Calm Mind Can Lead to Restorative Sleep.Yuan Zhi:Notes from Ancient Herbal Classics and Herbalists.
- Research Update:Polygala tenuifolia root,Polygala tenuifolia Willd,Polygala sibirica L.
Applications and Properties:
Lung Benefit,Phlegm Dispel and Stop Cough,
Calm and Anti-Convulsion,
Prevent Dementia and Brain Protection Effects,
Physical strength and intelligence,
Dopamine receptor activity,
Smooth muscle and Cardiac Muscle,
Anti-mutagenic and anci-cancer activity,
Three Spices Sleeping Elixir,
Calm the nerves(relieve uneasiness of mind and body tranquilization),
Increase intelligence,calming the heart and tranquilizing the mind,
Eliminating phlegm,inducing resuscitation,
Apocatastasis(subsidence or reduce swelling),
Removing toxicity for detumescence.
Polygala sibirica is used interchangeably with Polygala tenuifolia in traditional Chinese Medicine and Polygala senega (Snakeroot) also has expectorant activity and has been used in western herbal medicine.
Actions and Indications:for insomnia,forgetfulness,palpitation with fright,cough with abundance of phlegm, cough with difficulty in expelling phlegm,emotional and disorientation with abundance of phlegm,seizures,anxiety,listlessness,boils,abscesses,sores,tumor of breasts,swollen and painful breast.
In the TCM system,the herb Radix Polygalae(Thinleaf Milkwort Root-bark,Senega Root,Yuan Zhi) noted taste bitter,hot(pungent),nature light warm or warm.Enter into heart,liver,spleen,kidney,lung meridians.
In the TCM system,the herb Radix Polygalae(Thinleaf Milkwort Root-bark,Senega Root,Yuan Zhi) normally indicated for various ailments,health problems and disease:heart-kidney imbalance(imbalance between heart-yang and kidney-yin) related syndromes insomnia(lose sleep,agrypnia),dreamful sleep,disquieted heart spirit,palpitation,forgetfulness,frightened epilepsy,nocturnal emission(wet dream),wandering in one's mind,cough with much phlegm,expectoration not smooth,sore and ulcer,charbuncle on the back,breast swelling,painful swollen breast.
At North America,the herb Senega Root(Polygala senega,Rattlesnake root,Senega snakeroot) ever used as expectorant for controlling respiratory tract congestion,treating asthma,bronchitis,pleurisy,other respiratory ills,increasing salivation,promoting perspiration to reduce fever,induce vomiting and diarrhea,and today more oftenly used for coughs,colds,asthma,and bronchitis.
At Europe,the herb Senega Snakeroot(Polygala senega) normally indicated approved by CE for cough and bronchitis,for congestion of the respiratory tract,bronchitis with minor sputum output,and indicated in folk medicine also for tracheitis.
Dosage:a commonly suggested standard dosage of polygala is 1.5-3 grams of dried root, 1.5-3 grams of a fluid extract or 2.5-7.5 grams of a tincture.In the TCM system,the herb Radix Polygalae(Thinleaf Milkwort Root-bark,Senega Root,Yuan Zhi) normally suggested internal as decoction 3~10grams(or 3~9 grams,or 1~3 qian),infuse with wine or into pellets,powder.External proper amount grinded deposit with wine.At North America,the herb Senega Root(Polygala senega,Rattlesnake root,Senega snakeroot) normally suggested taken a decoction is made using 0.5 gram(about 1/5 teaspoon) of root per cup of water.Daily doses of more than 3 grams are not recommended.At Europe,the herb Senega Snakeroot(Polygala senega) normally suggedted a daily dosage is 1.5 to 3.0 g root or liquid extract(1:2) or 2.5 to 7.5 g tincture(1:10).To use the infusion as an expectorant,drink 1 cup of tea 2 to 3 times daily.In serious cases,the tea can be taken every two hours if the patient is observed for side effects.
Safety and Toxicity:
Prolonged use of polygala may cause upset stomach and diarrhea; as such, it is contraindicated in patients who have ulcers or gastritis,should not be used long-term,should not be used pregnant or lactating women. As of this writing, there are no known drug interactions with polygala.
Stick to recommended dosages(not more than 3 grams a day) or nausea,stomach upset,or diarrhea may develop.The safety of long-term exposure to the saponins is unclear.It may eventually irritate the gastrointestinal tract in such a way as to allow toxins to enter the bloodstream.If you already have an irritated stomach or stomach ulcer,avoid this herb.
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