Yu Zhu – Polygonatum odoratum or P. officinale rhizome – Solomon’s Seal – “Jade Bamboo”

Nature: sweet, neutral

Enters: Lung, Stomach

Actions: Nourishes Yin; moistens dryness; produces body fluids for the stomach; extinguishes wind; softens and moistens the sinews.

• Lung and stomach Yin deficiency: dry cough, dry mouth, thirst, irritability, steaming bone disorder, wasting and thirsting with intense hunger and constipation.
• Wind-heat attack with a Yin deficient constitution: fever, sore throat, cough, thirst.
• Insufficient fluids leading to wind: pain and spasm of the sinews.
• Yin deficiency plus internal wind: dizziness.
• Not cloying, will not trap EPIs in the body.
• Use raw to clear heat.
• Steam until it turns black (more like Huang jing) to nourish Yin and tonify the middle Qi.
• Useful in treatment of second- or third-degree heart failure.
• Weaker than Shi hu at nourishing stomach Yin. Yu zhu is a better choice when there is stomach Yin xu with an EPI.
• Weaker than Tian men dong at clearing heat, but does not have the disadvantage of Tian men dong’s severely cloying nature which can easily produce stagnation.
Hsu: Laxative, diuretic, lowers blood sugar, may have adrenocortical hormone-like effects.
Yoga: Meda, Mahmeda: VPK=; K or ama+ (in excess)
• Nutritive tonic, rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, demulcent, expectorant, hemostatic.
• Tonic to Vata and Pitta and to semen and reproductive tissue.
• For debility, infertility, impotence, chronic bleeding, diabetes, consumption, dry cough, dehydration, malnutrition, burning sensation, broken bones, inflamed mucus membranes.
MW: Muscular and skeletal problems: loosens or tightens ligaments as necessary, keeps adjustments in place, corrects tension, feeds and lubricates ligaments, tendons, muscles, and attachments, joins and seals broken bones, decalcifies unhealthy deposits and spurs, strengthens and harmonizes.
• Also for bruises, burns, sores.
• Wolf medicine: wolves eat this for indigestion.
• Helps build up intestinal bacteria; soothes and coats mucosa.
• Gentle regulator of heart muscle, mild cardiac tonic.
• Its berries are poisonous.
PCBDP: Astringent, demulcent, tonic.

Dose: 9-15g

5 comments on “Yu Zhu – Polygonatum odoratum or P. officinale rhizome – Solomon’s Seal – “Jade Bamboo”

  1. Neil Pregozen says:

    Who/What is MW quoted above for muscular skeletal issues.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Because it can tonify stomach yin and clear Heat, can it help get rid of bad breath caused by Stomach-Heat?

    • Peter Borten says:

      Probably not. It doesn’t really clear stomach heat. Again, I’d point you more to herbs in the heat-clearing categories, plus huo xiang + pei lan, and zhu ru. And check out formulas such as Qing Wei San (“Clear the Stomach Powder”): huang lian, sheng ma, mu dan pi, sheng di huang, and dang gui. It treats stomach heat presentations such as: toothache, mouth pain (esp. when pain extends to head), facial swelling, fever, bad breath, dry mouth, red tongue with minimal coating; slippery, large, rapid pulse; also for bleeding & sores on gums, swollen painful tongue, lips, & jaw – especially when the pain responds well to cold and is worse w/ heat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Besides it’s use for the muscles and skeleton, is Yu Zhu also good for the nervous system like He Shou Wu?

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