OM! Mood Support
Polygala tenuifolia – 20:1 concentrate
OM! contains Polygala tenuifolia, also known as Yuan Zhi, Seneca, and Chinese Senega. Known as the “will strengthener,” Polygala tenuifolia is believed to provide mood support, relax the soul, and calm the heart by easing restlessness and anxiety. Its adherents believe that it improves creative thinking, enhances dreaming, and enhances manifested ideas. Its Chinese name, Yuan Zhi, translates to “high aspirations.”
Polygala tenuifolia is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is valued for its reputed ability to provide protection to the brain. In traditional Chinese medicine terms, Polygala tenuifolia balances the qi of the heart and kidneys, thereby providing mood support and enhancing emotional stability. Buddhist monks use Polygala tenuifolia to for meditation and focus.
Several scientific studies substantiate its mood support potential and possible effects on mood. A study in Neurochemical Research Journal suggests that Polygala can go beyond simply being neuroprotective and can promote neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation, pushing the plant into a special category of nootropics that support new brain cell growth.
With regard to mood support, a study published in Phytotherapy Research Journal says Polygala “promotes the proliferation of neural stem cells, [which] may contribute to the therapeutic benefits of [Polygala] for the treatment of patients with insomnia, neurosis and dementia.” A Public Library of Science Journal study cites preclinical evidence that Polygala “exerts rapid-onset antidepressant effects … and may be worthy of further evaluation as a safe substitute to other rapid-onset antidepressants [with] unacceptable side effects.”
In addition to mood support, uses may include support for improved memory, improved focus, and protection against cognitive ailments. It has potential as an anti-psychotic and antidepressant, and it and can prevent cocaine-induced behavioral effects. It appears to have adaptogenic action on cortisol (the stress hormone).
There is good reason to believe that a lifestyle-related approach to optimal health will benefit from support with Polygala tenuifolia as a mood support health supplement. Try the Will Strengthener, and you’ll say OM!
Polygala Mood Support – Get the Facts
Learn more about Polygala tenuifolia health benefits by reading our Polygala FAQ and Health Made Simple FAQ.
Instructions: Add 1/2 teaspoon of extract to 8 oz of hot water, a cup of juice, or a memory and focus smoothie. Stir until dissolved. Drink 2 glasses a day
Do not use without supervision if you have a history of gastritis or peptic or duodenal ulcers. Prolonged use of this herb could lead to vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and gastrointestinal irritation. If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your physician before using any herbal supplement.