Milkwort Root, also known as Polygala Tenuifolia, is a perennial herb treasured in traditional Chinese medicine. Its roots are recognized for their rich, slightly bitter flavor and distinctively aromatic profile. With its cylindrical shape and brownish skin, the root's appearance is as unique as its taste. Used either in its whole form, sliced, or as a powdered extract, Milkwort Root has carved out a vital place in health and wellness traditions.
In the context of traditional Chinese remedies, Milkwort Root is known for its potential to support cognitive functions and enhance emotional wellbeing. The root's subtle, unique taste lends itself to a variety of uses, from the preparation of traditional herbal teas to its integration into various wellness tonics.
A significant ingredient in many medicinal recipes, Milkwort Root’s nuanced flavor is not its only asset. It is also employed as a versatile additive in cooking, where it imparts a subtle depth of flavor to soups and stews. Its robust character, which is not overwhelmed by other ingredients, makes it a valuable addition to a range of dishes. Beyond culinary and medicinal uses, the root’s potential benefits to cognitive function and emotional health highlight its multifaceted appeal.
Botanical name: Radix Polygalae Senega
Also known as: Milkwort Root, Radix Polygalae, Yuan Zhi, Seneca Snakeroot, Polygala Tenuifolia, Chinese Senega, Thinleaf Milkwort, Snakeroot, Thin-Leaved Milkwort, Polygalae Radix, Polygala Root, Polygala Senega, Chinese Senega Root, and Polygalae Radix Cum Radice, Polygala amara, European Bitter Polygala, Polygale Amer, European Senega, Evergreen Snakeroot, Flowering Wintergreen, Little Pollom, Snakeroot