Polygala tenuifolia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Polygala tenuifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Polygalaceae
Genus: Polygala
Species: P. tenuifolia
Binomial name
Polygala tenuifolia

Polygala tenuifolia (Yuan Zhi) is an herb in the family Polygalaceae which is hardy to USDA Zone 6.

Medicinal uses[edit]

Yuan Zhi is used primarily as an expectorant.[1] It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called yuan zhi (Chinese: 遠志).


  1. ^ "Polygala tenuifolia - Willd. database report". Plants for A Future. 1996–2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013.