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What are the Uses and Health Benefits of Solomon Seal (Polygonatum Multiflorum)?

Solomon Seal, Polygonatum multiflorum

It is a rhizomatous perennial, growing to 1.2 m tall by 0.3m broad. The stem is unbranched, arching, and glossy, round and erect from the base. The flower is greenish white in color, 9-20mm in height long, fused and slightly constricted in middle. Leaves are dark green in color, ovately elliptic, with entire margins and the base is sheathed.

  • Flowering time in June.
  • It is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) pollinated by insects.
  • Fruit : Bluish blackberry.
  • The botanical name is Polygonatum multiflorum and it belongs to family Asparagaceae.

Other Names

Other common names are ladder-to-heaven, David's-Harp, Eurasian Solomon's heal, Lady's seal, St. Mary's Seal.


Seaside alder groves, woodland garden dappled shade, Shady edge, not deeper shade; ground cover; native to Europe and temperate Asia.

Part Used

The whole plant is useful

What are the Medicinal uses of Solomon Seal?

Uses in Different Diseases

  • It is used in preventing excessive bruising and to stimulate tissue repair
  • Useful in chronic dysentery and stomach inflammation
  • Used in the treatment of tuberculosis
  • Helps in treating piles
  • Used as a skin tonic
  • Treats wounds
  • Helpful in treatment of cough and asthma

What are the therapeutic uses of Solomon seal?

1. Piles

This herb acts as a laxative, that softens the stool, provides relief in constipation and also acts as an anti-inflammatory that reduces the inflammation and pain in the rectum and provides relief to the patient.

2. Cough and Asthma

In cough, it acts as an expectorant and anti-tussive that clears the passage of airways to the lungs by preventing the excessive secretion of mucus. It prevents from other symptoms like pain and congestion of chest and provides relief.

In asthma, it has an inflammatory property that prevents the patient from asthma attacks and decreases the secretion of mucus in the airways. It acts as a bronchodilator that dilates the bronchioles and provides relief to the patient.

3. Wounds

This herb acts as an antiseptic and antibiotic that reduces the pain as well as sepsis and heals the non-healing wounds in a shorter period of time and prevents from putrefaction and sepsis.

4. Tuberculosis

It acts as a rejuvinative that improves the strength of lungs and improves the appetite that helps in gaining of weight, avoid weight loss that is associated with tuberculosis and its treatment.

5. Menstrual Disorders

This herb maintains the health of the patient and helps in providing relief to the patients in disorders like irregular menstruation, abnormal uterine bleeding, leucorrhea, amenorrhea etc It also acts as an anti-inflammatory reduces the inflammation.

6. Indigestion

This herb promotes the digestion and helps in increasing appetite that maintains the nutrition and diet. It also provides relief in other symptoms like heartburn, abdominal pain and stiffness and loss of appetite.

7. Acne

It acts as an antibiotic as well as a topical antiseptic that destroys the growth of micro-organisms like bacteria on the skin that cause infection and kills them. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory that kills in the inflammation in the tissues.

8. Diarrhea and Dysentery

This herb helps in decreasing the number and frequency of bowel movements and works by slowing down the movements of intestines. It acts as a pain reliever that provides relief in other symptoms like pain in abdomen and rectum, fatigue, general weakness.

9. Kidney Disorders

In kidney disorders, this herb acts as a diuretic as well as an anti-inflammatory that helps the patient to pass urine as well as decreases the inflammation. It works in kidneys by increasing the amount of salt and water and treats diseases like edema, high blood pressure etc.

10. Diabetes Mellitus

In diabetes, this herb acts as an anti-diabetic that controls the blood sugar levels of the body and by improving the metabolism of carbohydrates it increases the blood sugar level of the body and prevents the complication of diabetes like Diabetic retinopathy, diabetic foot, cataract etc.

11. Skin Tonic

It balances the pH of skin and adds a layer of protection against the impurities and reduces the penetration of impurities and shrinks the appearance of pores by acting as a skin tonic.

Different Preparations made by Solomon Seal

Powder, Tonic

Doses of these Preparations

  • Tonic : 5 to 10 ml
  • Powder : 3 to 6 gm

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