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Yu Zhu (Solomon's Seal Rhizome, Polygonatum)

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Slightly Cold Yu Zhu (Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati)
Sweet, Slightly Cold
Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati
Tone Marks:
yù zhú
Jade Bamboo


  • Nourishes Lung and Stomach Yin, Moistens Dryness
    Treats dry cough, dry throat, irritability, and thirst. Also for cough with scanty, sticky sputum or chronic respiratory disorders with a consumptive cough. Treats wasting and thirsting disorder with intense hunger and constipation. Treats symptoms of Stomach Yin Deficiency including hunger but no desire to eat, dull epigastric pain, stomach discomfort, dry mouth and dry tongue.
  • Extinguishes Wind, Softens and Moistens the Sinews
    For Pain and spasms in the sinews due to wind generated by deficient Fluids. For dizziness due to internal wind.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of loose stools due to cold
  • Do not use in cases of Spleen Deficiency, Stomach Deficiency, Phlegm-Damp, Phlegm Stagnation, and Qi Stagnation

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Overdose may lead to mild reactions including nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, as well as pruritus or papular rash.


  • 10-15 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 6-15 grams in decoction (Bensky)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: