Latin: Polygonatum biflorum
Parts Used: Root
Taste/Energetics: Cool, moist
Properties: Demulcent, anti-inflammatory, analgesic
Actions: This is an herb that’d fallen out of favor for some time but is finding its way back into many herbalist’s repertory due to its promotion by herbalists such as Matthew Wood and Jim McDonald. Solomon’s seal is primarily used for musculoskeletal system injuries. That means its been used for broken bones, torn ligaments and injured tendons. It has an anti-inflammatory property that is useful for addressing painful conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis. Its general moistening quality makes it useful for dry inflamed conditions in the lungs and the digestive system.
Dosage: M. Wood and J. McDonald have found quite a bit of success using this plant at very low doses of just 3-10 drops as needed of tincture. I have not used it in tea form.
Contraindications: None noted. Ethical harvesting a must.
Solomon’s Seal monograph by Matthew Wood
Solomon’s Seal monograph by Jim McDonald