Zhi Yuan Zhi - Honey Fried Senega Root

TCM Materia Medica

Zhi Yuan Zhi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "zhi yuan zhi" which in english is "honey fried 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:

  • This is the honey fried version of Yuan Zhi.  See the Yuan Zhi page for more usage information.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, zhi yuan zhi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewGui Pi Wan (Restore the Spleen Formula)

The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart which can be damaged from excessive overthinking, compulsions, etc. along with poor dietary habits and stressful lifestyle.   Anxiety, phobias…

As noted above, zhi 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.

(truncated intro "... useful for palpitations with anxiety and insomnia due to heart blood or liver yin deficiency. these herbs are generally mild and with very few side effects. )".

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