Herbal Exhibition
Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati
Fragrant Solomonseal Rhizome


The rhizome of Polygonatum odoratum (Mill.) Druce (Fam. Liliaceae).

Mainly in Chinese provinces such as Hunan, Henan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

Harvest & Processing
Dig up rhizomes in autumn; remove fibrous roots; wash rhizomes clean. Dry until soft; knead repeatedly; dry thoroughly under the sun. Alternatively, steam thoroughly, knead until translucent and dry under the sun.

Long and cylindrical, slightly flattened, seldom rameous (branched); 4-18 cm long, 0.3-1.6 cm in diameter. Outer surface yellowish-white or pale yellowish-brown; translucent; with longitudinal wrinkles and slightly protuberant annular (ring-like) nodes, punctiform (dot-like) white scars of fibrous roots, and disciform (disc-like) stem scars. Hard and brittle, pliable when moistened; breaks easily; when broken, surface cuticular or granular. Odour: faint; taste: sweet. Chewy.

1. Dry cough, fever and cough
2. Dry throat, polydipsia, dehydration due to febrile disease, diabetes
3. Dizziness, muscular spasm 4. Hyperlipidemia, angina pectoris

Chemical Composition
Mainly contains odoratan and polyfuroside.



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