Shen Shu Storehouse
Polygala & Schisandra
Clinical Grade 10:1 Concentrated Extracts
Shen Shu Storehouse contains equal parts of Polygala (Polygala tenuifolia) Root and Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) Berries. This simplified—but effective—formula highlights the individual herbs contained within while allowing a natural synergy between them. Together, Shen Shu Storehouse aims to deeply fortify the body: To restore, strengthen, and tonify.
Shen Shu Storehouse is formulated without any Yang herbs. It is intentionally devoid of any herbs that may be artificially stimulating or warming. Instead, it is formulated to awake and refine what is already present within. This is a formula to help restore by relaxing an overworked, overstimulated, anxious mind. Clearing muddled thoughts and allowing the path forward to be revealed. It is non-sedating: The goal here is to refine, quiet, and conserve. To energize without stimulating.
Shen Shu Storehouse is part of our Forest Formulations collection of products.
Shen Shu Storehouse contains equal parts of:
- Polygala Root (Yuan Zhi) (Radix Polygala tenuifolia);
- Schisandra Berries (Wu Wei Zi) (Fructus Schisandra chinensis).
- Our Forest Formulations are developed by professional herbalists;
- Made from organic or ecologically grown and harvested products whenever possible;
- Processed and packaged in a domestic FDA cGMP facility;
- All packaging is food grade and produced with minimal waste;
- From RAW Forest Foods, the leaders in adaptogenic, tonic, and pro-androgenic herbs.
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What You'll Find Inside
Each package contains 65 grams of our Shen Shu Storehouse Polygala and Schisandra formula. At 2 grams per serving, there are 32.5 servings per package.
At RAW Forest Foods, all of our packagings is food grade, and the outside and inside pouches of this product are resealable.
The opaque color of the outside pouch helps to block UV light and prevent degradation of the product. The artwork on this pouch was produced specifically for—and inspired by—this product. It is unique artwork just for Shen Shu Storehouse.
We package this item (as we do all our items), in a domestic, FDA cGMP facility right here in the US.
Clinical Grade 10:1 Concentrated Extracts
The ingredients in this formula are produced using industry standard methods, where the whole, raw herbs are concentrated by decoction and then are spray dried.
It takes ten times the amount of raw ingredients to produce just one part of the final product. Each 65 gram package contains the equivalent of 1.433 pounds of whole, raw herbs.
These are clinical grade, 10:1 concentrated extracts.
The Formula and Its Ingredients
Polygala Root (Yuan Zhi)
Latin: Radix Polygala tenuifolia
Polygala Root is just coming onto the radar here in the West, but the medicinal use of the root dates back to ancient China. Historically, Polygala (known as Yuan Zhi in Chinese medicine) has been used mainly to help manage stress (to calm the spirit) and to improve memory.* Polygala is one of the eight "Herbs that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit." Speaking to it's use, the Chinese name for Polygala, Yuan Zhi, translates as "profound will."
In Chinese medicine, Polygala is said to "open the orifices." This is in reference to Polygala opening the eyes and letting you see clearly, more deeply, perhaps in ways that were previously muddled or where the path ahead was unclear or uncertain.
Indications for the use of Polygala as a Chinese herbal medicine includes:
- Mental stress;
- Poor memory;
- Brain fog / fuzzy head.*
Here in the west, Polygala tenuifolia extract is becoming increasingly popular within the nootropics (cognitive enhancement) community, where people use it to enhance concentration, boost mood, relieve anxiety, and to relax from exhaustion due to overwork and studying.*
Interestingly, the scientific research done into Polygala supports both the used of the plant in Chinese medicine and it's use today. Research has been done into the use of Polygala in the treatment of memory disorders, dementia, depression.*
Schisandra Berries (Wu Wei Zi)
Latin: Fructus Schisandra chinensis
Schisandra is considered to be an adaptogenic herb, aiding the body in managing (reducing) stress and returning to allostasis (previously known as homeostasis).
In Western botanical medicine, Schisandra is said to be (in addition to its adaptogenic properties:
- Immune tonic;
- Hepoprotective (protecting the liver);
- Nervine (reducing stress and supporting the nervous system);
- Expectorant (aiding the body in removing, expelling phlegm).*
A considerable amount of research has been done on Schisandra, noting several active compounds, including:
- Vitamins C and E.*
In classical Chinese medicine, Schisandra was not classified along side the infamous tonic herbs such as Chinese Ginseng (Ren Shen), Reishi Mushroom (Lingzhi), or Cordyceps (Dong Chong Xia Cao). Instead, it was—and continues to be—classified as an astringent herb.
Astringent herbs are used in Chinese medicine to constrain and to hold in place. They are particularly relevant in old age, overwork and burnout, and chronic disease. Schisandra is said to astringe the Jing (Yuan Qi). Jing is our deepest source of energy and our true essence. Schisandra astringes, keeping the Jing in place. Conserving it. It is said that Schisandra has (Tierra, 1998):
The power to help keep one from losing physical, mental, and spiritual energy.
In this way, Schisandra is a unique adaptogenic herb. Western research has validated the herb as an important adaptogen, more inline with popular tonic herbs,, but Chinese medicine shows that it is useful for preserving and refining what is already present within in the body.
- Bensky, D., Clavey, S., & Stöger, E. (2015). Chinese herbal medicine.
Current knowledge of Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. (Chinese magnolia vine) as a medicinal plant species: a review on the bioactive components, pharmacological properties, analytical and biotechnological studies.
- Simultaneous determination of lignans and organic acids in Schisandrae Chinensis Fructus by UFLC-Q-TRAP-MS/MS.
- Winston, D., & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens: Herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. Rochester, Vt: Healing Arts Press.
Polygala & Schisandra Extract (Shen Shu Storehouse)
Suggested use is 2 grams, taken as needed. Dosage may be broken up throughout the day into two servings: 1 gram in the morning (taken first thing, 30 minutes before eating) and 1 gram in the afternoon (taken on an empty stomach).
In each 65 gram pouch, there are 32.5 servings.
Extracted at a 10:1 concentration, each serving contains an equivalent of 20 grams of whole, raw herbs per serving.
At RAW Forest Foods, we like to take our powdered extract in approximately 6 ounces of warm water, taken on an empty stomach.
Store this product, and all RAW Forest Foods products, in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Try and use in a timely manner after opening the package.
For those customers who prefer to rotate their pro-androgenic and tonic herbs, we suggest a schedule of five days on and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off.
We have worked hard to offer Elwha River to you, using clinical grade 10:1 concentrated extracts, as part of our complete line of products. Elwha River is made professionally starting with whole, raw herbs, with final packaging done in domestic, FDA cGMP facility.
Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified healthcare practitioner. This not because we question the safety of our products, but because we believe in the strength of our products and that plants have a medicinal, therapeutic potential.
This product is not for use by those under the age of 18, who are pregnant or nursing, or who are allergic or adverse to any of the ingredients contained within.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please view our full Terms and Conditions.