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Fragrant Solomon’s Seal Root Extract Powder

  • Chinese Name     Yu Zhu  玉竹
  • Latin Name           Polygonatum odoratum (Mill.)Druce
  • Other Names        Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati, Scented Solomon’s Seal Rhizome
  • Used Part              Root
  • Specification        Powdered Extract


Polygonatum odoratum (Yu Zhu) is a commonly used yin tonic herbs during thousands years of Chinese Tradition Medicine history. It is indicated for dry cough with little phlegm, cough with blood, and hoarseness due to yin deficiency, dryness in lung with heat, because it can nourish lung yin, and clear lung heat slightly. It is commonly combined with herbs of nourishing yin, moistening dryness, clearing lung and relieving cough. For instance, it is used with Bei Sha Shen, Mai Dong, and Sang Ye in Sha Shen Mai Dong Tang from Wen Bing Tiao Bian. It i.s nourishing without affecting of pathogen, therefore, it is indicated for fever, headache, aversion to wind-cold slightly, cough, and dry throat with stagnated phlegm due to yin deficiency with wind-warm or winter-warm attacking, it is combined with pathogen-dispersing and heat-eliminating herbs, for instance, it is used wirh Bo He and Dan Dou Chi in Jia Jian Wei Rui (Yu Zhu) Tang from Chong Ding Tong Su Shang Han Lun.

Polygonatum odoratum can nourish stomach yin, produce fluid and relieve thirst and clear stomach heat with more drinking, hunger but no appetite, dry stool, no coating or red tongue with little fluid, or stomachache, distending in stomach, retching and other symptoms due to stomach yin deficiency. For dryness in tongue, thirst, hunger but no appetite due to yin hurt caused by heat diseases, it is usually combined with yin-nourishing, heat-clearing and fluid-producing and thirst-relieving herbs, for instance, it is used with Mai Dong and Bei Sha Shen in Yu Zhu Mai Dong Tang and Yi Wei Tang from Wen Bing Tiao Bian. For diabetes due to yin deficiency, it is combined with yin-nourishing, dryness-moistening and fluid-producing and thirst-relieving herbs, such as Tian Hua Fen, Tian Dong, Mai Dong and Sheng Di Huang. Besides, it is also indicated for syndrome of heart yin deficiency.

TCM Tradition

Taste & Property     Sweet, Slightly Cold
Organ Meridians     Lung, Stomach

TCM Functions
Nourishes Yin, moistens Dryness, moistens the Lungs, nourishes the Stomach and generates fluids
 – Lung Yin Deficiency with cough, dry throat, irritability and thirst
 – Lung and Stomach Dry Heat
 – Stomach Yin Deficiency
 – Steaming Bone Disorder
 – Wasting and thirsting with intense hunger and constipation
Extinguishes Wind and softens and moistens the sinews
 – Internal Wind generated by insufficient fluids with pain and spasms in the sinews
 – Dizziness due to Yin Deficiency and Internal Stirring of Wind
 – External Wind-Heat with Yin Deficient constitution

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