For the will, drive and focus to achieve ambitions
Polygala is one of my favourite herbs, and is one of the most profound in its effects. I recommend it as a brain tonic herb, as a will-strengthening tonic herb and a balancer of the fire and water energy within you. If you have big ambitions or if you just feel you could do with a little more will and drive, then you will benefit from daily use of polygala.
Polygala has been used in Chinese and Taoist medicine for thousands of years as a will strengthener. The kind of will I mean is less about willpower (as in fighting against yourself) and more about the ability to get things done, the ability to take action consistently until you get a result.
The Chinese would be more esoteric about it and say it helps you to manifest your visions into reality. They are referring to yi power, your creative visualisation power.
Polygala is unique in that it connects the heart centre with the kidneys. The heart is the most fiery yang part of the body and kidneys are the most watery yin part of the body. There is a meridian that connects the two, right through the centre of the body, and its called the Penetrating Vessel. Polygala opens that meridian and helps energy to be transmitted along it and balance these two parts.
When the yang fire and yin water are brought into balance, it can be one of the most profound things that can happen to you. This was the goal of the ancient alchemists throughout the ages.
If that sounds too spiritual and hard to nail down, then you may prefer to focus on the proven ability polygala has to make the brain work better. It improves the memory by stopping acetylcholine being broken down as quickly so you have that neurotransmitter available to you for longer.
Polygala has been shown to improve both cognition and focus. I suspect that its capacity to help you to get stuff done and bring your dreams into reality has something to do with having your brain functioning better.
Taoists have long recommended using Polygala to support the focusing of the mind and to empower our thoughts so that they may be made real. The Taoists taught that our creative visualization, which they call Yi, could be brought to reality by the Will. Thus the Will had to be strengthened. In fact, the Will is considered to by the fourth Treasure in what otherwise is called the Three Treasures system. Thus Polygala, as a Will-strengthening herb, ranked extremely highly on the list of important herbs in the Taoist pharmacopoeia.
Polygala supports our Will to do new things, to achieve new heights. It supports our Will so that we can start to work on a new project, to start exercising, to start and continue whatever we need to do to grow, to become a great human being. That is the magic of Polygala, the “Will Strengthener.”
The Love Herb
Polygala has another unique quality that sets it apart from most other herbs, including the tonic herbs. It has the ability to connect the Kidney (sexual) energy with the Heart (love) energy. It does this by opening the energy flow between the Heart and Kidney known as the Penetrating Vessel. The Penetrating Vessel is one of the energy channels that regulate the functions of the body-mind. It is called a “psychic channel” by the Taoists. It is called a psychic channel because the flow of energy in this channel can be controlled by those who are adept in “inner alchemy” (the yogic and tantric arts).
Commonly, this vessel is blocked, resulting in a de-linking of our sexual power and our emotional feelings. It is essential for our true health and well being that feelings of love and the functions of sex are united. Consuming Polygala for a period of time will have this result. Polygala provides a unique power to deepen our experience and our feelings, and to bring new levels of happiness into our lives. - Gratitude to dragonherbs for this info.
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED herb personally - Owen.....
Polygala Herbal Extract 100g
Polygala Herbal Extract 50g
What are herbal extracts? Herbal extracts are an excellent way of getting the nutrition and goodness from a herb, without the trouble of sometimes elaborate preparation. They are also a way of getting the goodness in as concentrated a form as possible.
How are herbal extracts made? The raw herbs are prepared by hot water extraction, the water is then evaporated off until all that is left is the essential oils and active ingredients. These are then bound together in an excipient, small amounts of non-GM corn flour. This is the most pure and unadulterated way to enjoy tonic herbal extracts possible.
Purity: this vegan product is free from wheat, gluten, soya, added sugar, salt, test, lactose, preservatives, or any other fillers. Not tested on animals.
Directions: these tonic herbs are food grade and safe to use as you would culinary herbs. They can be added to any foods or drinks. Suggested uses are either to add 1/2 a teaspoon to a healthy juice or smoothie, or to prepare them as an instant tonic tea, but simply putting 1/2 a teaspoon in a cup or mug, and adding hot water.
Recommended upper limit: do not exceed 1 teaspoon of herbal extract today unless guided to by a qualified healthcare professional.