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Alternative Names

Chinese Senega, Herbe au Lait, Klapperschlangen, Laitier, Milkwort, Mountain Polygala, Polygala, Polygala de Sénéca, Polygala de Virginie, Polygala Glomerata, Polygala Reinii, Polygala Root, Polygala Sénéca, Polygalae Radix, Racine de Polygala, Racine de Serpent à Sonnettes, Radix Polygalae, Rattlesnake Root, Senaga Snakeroot, Seneca, Sénéca, Seneca Snakeroot, Senega Snakeroot, Seneka, Snake Root, Yuan Zhi CAUTION: Please refer to separate listings for Asarabacca, Bitter Milkwort

Scientific Name

Polygala Senega

Why Do People Use Milkwort?

The oral preparations of Polygala Milkwort (Milkwort), like milkwort powder, are used for the treatment of respiratory tract mucous membrane inflammation, chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, rattle snake bite, emphysema, increasing saliva, for inducing sweating, an emetic and as an expectorant. Topically - Milkwort is also used topically as a gargle for pharyngitis.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - Oral and short-term consumption of Milkwort though to be safe. Likely Unsafe - Oral and long-term usage of milkwort is considered likely unsafe. Excessive use can lead to gastrointestinal (GI) irritation. However, to rate the topical safety of Milkwort there is insufficient information available. Likely Unsafe for Pregnant Ladies - Oral consumption of Milkwort powder seems to be unsafe for pregnant females because it has menstrual and uterine stimulant effects. However, to rate the topical safety of Milkwort during pregnancy there is scarce and unreliable information available. Avoid In Breast Feeding - Health advisers do not recommend Milkwort powder for lactating females because to rate the oral or topical safety of Milkwort for breastfeeding ladies there is insufficient and unreliable information.

How Effective Is Milkwort?

To rate the effectiveness of Milkwort, there is scarce information available.

How Milkwort Works?

The most effective part of Polygala senega is the root. Its roots consist of methyl salicylate, salicylic acid and a saponin mixture, known as senegin. It is believed that Milkwort has emetic, expectorant and saliva and sweat stimulating activiy. The significant expectorant chemical in milkwort powder is triterpenoid saponins. According to clinical studies, saponins may cause reflex secretion of mucous in the bronchioles and irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract mucosa. A French human study confirmed that triterpenic acid extract has anti-inflammatory effects and is beneficial against eczema, graft rejection, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Milkwort?

Usage of Polygala senega for long term can lead to gastrointestinal (GI) irritation. Excessive dosage of Milkwort can cause adverse effects such as dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, queasiness and purging.

How Milkwort Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Milkwort Interacts With Drugs?

Not known.

How Milkwort Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Milkwort Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Milkwort Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Fever - Persons suffering from fever should avoid Milkwort powder because it has CNS depressant effects. Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions - Polygala senega is reported to worsen condition in individuals suffering from gastrointestinal (GI) conditions such as gastritis, gastric ulcers and inflammation because of its intestinal irritant activity and local stimulant activity.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Milkwort?

ORAL Normal dosage of Milkwort is one cup of tea or 0.5 to 1 grams dried root three every day. To make such tea, steep one gram of dried root in 150 mL boiling water for 5to 10 minutes and then strain the fluid. TOPICAL No typical dosage.


Don’t mix Polygala sibirica with Milkwort because polygala is also known to as polygala.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Milkwort Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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