Botanical Name: Polygonatum spp.
Energetics: Neutral to cool, moistening
Major Properties: Demulcent, emollient, hypoglycemic, nutritive,
Examples of Uses: Musculoskeletal issues of all kinds, moisten dry mucosal membranes
Parts Used: Root
Fresh for cooking (or powdered dry). I add it to many foods.
I use Solomon's Seal often for musculoskeletal issues, such as back pain, joint pain, stressed muscles, tendons, etc. Solomon's Seal tightens what is loose and loosens what it tight.
It is also demulcent and will help to lubricate dry joints or mucosa throughout the body.
I often combine it with prickly ash for pain and lobelia inflata for spasms with great success.
It is very nutritive and great to add to foods, either as the fresh root or in powdered form.
One of my favorite gentle yet powerful herbs to tonify and strengthen where needed throughout the body.
This brief overview merely highlights my observations. There is, of course, a great deal of information that you can find on the Internet or in books. Or better yet - get together with other herbalists and share your experiences!
Please add your own experiences so that together we can create a more comprehensive overview.
As always, if you have a chronic ailment that is not resolving itself or an acute issue, seek the attention of your physician.