Common Names: Dropberry, He Shou Wu (Chinese Name), Mahmeda (Sanskrit Name), Sealroot, Sealwort, Yu-Zhu (Chinese Name)
Scientific Name: Polygonatum Multiflorum L., Polygonatum Biflorum L., Polygonatum Officinale L., Polygonatum Commutatum, Liliaceae, Lily Family.
Common Uses: Mainly for external problems. Makes a good poultice for bruises, inflammations, piles, sores, and wounds and a good wash for skin problems, acne, freckles, and blemishes. Has been used as a wash to relieve poison-ivy. Native Americans made a tea of the rootstock to take for women’s complaints, indigestion, general debility, infertility, diabetes, consumption, dry cough, dehydration, malnutrition, broken bones, promote sound sleep, treat coughs, menopause, laxative, lung ailments, and general internal pains. The fresh root was poulticed, or root tea used externally as a wash, for cuts, bruises, sores, carbuncles, rheumatism, arthritis, and skin irritations.
*Warnings: High Doses May Cause Aching Finger Joints
Origin: Eastern North America, Europe, and Asia. Connecticut to Florida; Texas, Nebraska to Michigan.