Yuan Zhi - Senega Root

TCM Materia Medica

Yuan Zhi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "yuan zhi" which in english is Yuan Zhi herb"senega root", is categorized within the "herbs that nourish the heart and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and lung channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Calms the spirit, quiets the heart - insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, restlessness.
  • Expels phlegm from the lungs, clears the heart orifices - copious sputum, mental confusion, seizures.
  • Reduces abscesses, dissipate swellings - boils, sores, painful breasts.

Yuan Zhi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: anxiety and/or insomnia

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, yuan zhi is generally included in the following 7 formulas:

  • Bu Nao Wan (Brain Supplementing Pills) - A range of psychiatric, cognitive decline, trauma issues - …
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  • Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction) - A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - simi…
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  • Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi) - Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calm…
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  • Sang Piao Xiao Wan (Mantis Egg Case Powder) - Frequent urination, possibly incontinent from weakness in t…
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  • Shen Jing Shuai Ruo Wan (Stress Reducing Pill) - For common variants of the modern western lifestyle - in Ch…
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  • Te Xiao Zao Ren An Mian Wan (Peaceful Sleep Tablets) - Insomnia, vivid dreaming, nightmares. Acute emotional inst…
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  • Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan (Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart) - Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, hot flashes,…
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    As noted above, yuan zhi is within the herbs that nourish the heart and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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