Solomon's Seal Root


Also known as

Polygonatum biflorum and odoratum, Polygonatum, King Solomon's Seal, American Solomon's Seal, and Yu Zhu.


Known in the Chinese language as "jade bamboo," Solomon's seal has been employed as a treatment of complaints of the lungs and stomach since the writing of the Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica, written over 2,000 years ago.


Convallamarin, convallarin, quercitol, vitamin A.

Parts Used 

Rhizome. Should be long, thick, and yellowish white.

Typical Preparations 

Teas, with other herbs. Used with coix (Job's tears) to relieve chest congestion. Used with mint and soy to treat allergies, asthma, and infections after exposure to heat or cold. May also be taken as a capsule or extract.


In Chinese medicine, Solomon's seal is used to "moisten dryness," relieving symptoms of cough, dry throat, irritability, or thirst. It also "extinguishes wind," sometimes by relieving flatulence, but also by stopping pain and spasms of various kinds. Because Solomon seal's effects are gentle, it can be used by persons of weak constitution.

Precautions: Avoid when there is nervous stomach or other digestive disorders. 


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