Polygala-For the will, drive and focus to achieve ambitions

polygala4Polygala 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 and 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 it’s 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.


Taste; bitter and pungent
Treasures; shen
Organs; heart, lungs
Temperature; slightly warm

Elwin Robinson

Elwin Robinson is the Founder of Lion Heart Herbs, Europe's #1 Educator on the Taoist approach to Health, and #1 Supplier of High Quality and Affordable Taoist Tonic Herbs to the World.

Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.

Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.

Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.
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