Chinese Herb: Yu Zhu (Solomon's Seal Rhizome, Polygonatum)

Chinese Herb: Yu Zhu (Solomon's Seal Rhizome, Polygonatum)

Herb 15 of 15 in Herbs that Tonify Yin

Slightly Cold Yu Zhu (Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati)
Channels:
LU, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati
Chinese:
玉竹
Tone Marks:
yù zhú
Translation:
Jade Bamboo
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & 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

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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

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

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.

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