, Solomon's Seal
) is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants
within the family Ruscaceae
, formerly classified in the lily family Liliaceae
Some species of this genus have medicinal properties, and some (in particular P. sibiricum) are used as an tisane in traditional Chinese medicine, which is called dungulle in Korea.
Some Polygonatum shoots are edible, cooked like asparagus, as are the roots - after appropriate treatment - being a good source of starch .
Revolving primarily around the root, "Solomon's Seal" are traditionally used in a range of afflictions from menopause
to broken bones
. As a topical application, the root are said to expedite the healing
of cuts and bruises, skin irritations
, and as a face wash is good for acne
and all kinds of imperfections of the skin. When consumed as a tea
, it is said to alleviate a range of symptoms associated with menopause
, broken bones
pains, and even infertility
Its use to fight diabetes was first observed in 1930 by Langecker. After experiments, he concluded that it was effective in fighting nutritional hyperglycemia, though not that caused by adrenaline release, probably due to its content in glucokinin.