Ingredient Name:  Yuzhu, Polygonatum rhizome, Fragrant solomonseal rhizome, Solomon’s Seal

Traditional Chinese Name: 玉竹  (yu zhu)
What is this?
  • A type of rhizome that is dug up, dried, and cut into thin, length-wise pieces
  • Adding yuzhu to Chinese soups will sweeten the soup and balance heatiness
  • The term yu zhu literally translates to “jade bamboo”

How do I prepare it?

  • Soak for 30 minutes in cold water
  • Add to the soup early on to ensure herb is boiled and fully infused into the soup

Where can I buy this?

  • In most Asian dried food / herb shops
  • Some Asian supermarkets may also sell this

What is the cost?

  • Yu zhu is inexpensive.

Any benefits?

  • Yuzhu is generally used in herbal remedies to treat dry lungs and to strengthen the stomach
  • Chinese believe yuzhu helps to nourish the yin
  • Yuzhu balances heatiness

Any precautions?

  • According to popular herbology, do not use yuzhu in cases of spleen deficiency or phlegm-damp
  • Also, overdosing may lead to mild nausea, diarrhea and/or vomitting.

Additional Information?

  • Dried yuzhu stores well at room temperature