Polygonati Odorati


Rhizome of Polygonatum odoratum (Mill.) Druce, family Liliaceae.

Rhizome long-terete, few branching, 4-18 cm long, 0.3-1.6 cm in diameter. Surface yellow-white, semi-opaque; nodes protruding, with spotted fibrous root scars and sometimes with discoidal stem scars. Slightly soft in texture. Sweet in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to lung and stomach channels.

1. Nourish the stomach and promote the production of body fluid: For febrile diseases with dehydration or insufficiency of stomach-yin manifested as dry throat, thirst, red tongue with little coating; and diabetes.
2. Nourish yin and moisturize the lung: For deficiency of lung-yin with dry cough, or fever and cough, in patients with yin-deficiency, used together with Radix Cynanchi Atrati and Herba Menthae. In addition, also used for yin-deficiency with dizziness and muscular spasm. Recently, used for yin-deficiency type hyperlipemia and angina pectoris.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its decoction exerts a cardiotonic effect in frogs.
2. Its decoction inhibits the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus and Bacillus coli in a concentration of 1:320, 1:160, 1:20 respectively in vitro.

Administration Decoction: 10-30g.


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