Fragrant solomonseal rhizome (Yuzhu)
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Polygonati odorati
Botanical Name: Polygonatum odoratum (Mill.) Druce
Common Name: Polygonatum rhizome, Fragrant solomonseal rhizome
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used: The rhizomes are dug in summer and autumn. After the fibrous roots have been removed, the rhizomes are dried in the sun or steamed, and cut into pieces.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet and neutral
Meridians: Lung and stomach
1. To nourish the yin and moisten the lungs.
2. To promote the production of body fluids and strengthen the stomach.
Indications & Combinations : Dry cough with scanty sputum due to lung yin deficiency or thirst and intense hunger due to stomach yin deficiency. Fragrant solomonseal rhizome (Yuzhu) is used with Glehnia root (Shashen), Ophiopogon root (Maidong) and Asparagus root (Tianmendong).
Dosage: 10-15 g
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficient spleen or phlegm-damp.