Polygala Far Reaching Herbal Supplement
- Depression –Cold signs
- Depression –Spleen deficiency and phlegm
1. Relieve depression due to frustration and pent-up emotions
2. Relieve chest oppression and constriction accompanied by lack of appetite, irritability, frustration, flank pain, bitter taste in the mouth, belching, epigastric pain, and a tendency toward constipation or sluggish stools
Chinese Therapeutic Effects
Clear stagnant liver Qi and blood
Resolve food and phlegm entanglement
Internal: 3 tablets TID between meals
90 tablets, 650 mg, 10 day supply
- Polygala root yuan zhi
- Vervain herb Herba Verbenae officinalis
- Uncaria stem gou teng
- Gardenia fruit zhi zi
- Albizzia bark he huan pi
- Damiana leaf Folium Turnerae aphrodisiacae
- White Peony root bai shao
- Tang Kuei root dang gui
- Pinellia rhizome ban xia
- Poria sclerotium fu ling
- Cyperus rhizome xiang fu
Aspiration addresses all the major aspects and complications of depression: stagnant Qi, stagnant blood, heat, dampness, as well as food and phlegm entanglement. The formula treats the physical conditions, which are the felt symptoms of depression, including chest oppression and constriction, irritability, anger, frustration, flank pain, and various digestion complaints. The Chinese name of the chief herb is polygala (yuan zhi), or far-reaching, and attests to the formula’s ability to renew zest for life. Uncaria (gou teng) drains liver heat and pacifies liver yang. Gardenia (zhi zi) clears heat and eliminates irritability. Albizzia bark (he huan pi) promotes the free flowing of constrained liver qi, and is used for insomnia, poor memory, irritability due to constrained emotions. White peony (bai shao) curbs the liver yang and relieves flank, abdominal, or chest pain from either constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and spleen. Tang kuei (dang gui) invigorates, tonifies, and harmonizes the blood in order to relieve blood stasis. Pinellia (ban xia) dries dampness, transforms phlegm, and causes rebellious qi to descend. Poria (fu ling) leaches out dampness, and strengthens the spleen and transforms phlegm; this herb also quiets the heart and calms the spirit. Cyperus (xiang fu) promotes the movement of Qi, directs rebellious qi downward, and regulates the middle. Aspiration also includes two Western herbs, blue vervain and damiana, which have potent abilities to lift depression.
1. For best results, when taking Aspiration, patients should undertake regular aerobic exercise and a daily regimen of deep relaxation, as well as a diet conducive to liver and spleen harmony.
2. This formula is designed to be taken long term, i.e., six months to one year or longer.
3. This formula is slightly warming. It may be combined with Calm Spirit in this case
4. It can be used along with antidepressant medication.
5. Has been used successfully as an adjunct in the treatment of bipolar syndrome (manic depression). However, such patients should be closely monitored by a psychiatrist.
• For insomnia and anxiety, see Schizandra Dreams
• For depression, see also Heavenly Water and Woman’s Balance
• For heart yin deficiency see Calm Spirit