Solomon's Seal

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What other names is Solomon's Seal known by?

Dropberry, Faux Muguet, Genouillet, Herbe aux Panaris, Herbe à la Rupture, Lady's Seals, Polygonatum multiflorum, Sceau de Salomon, Sealroot, Sealwort, Sello de Salomón, Solomon Seal, St. Mary's Seal.

What is Solomon's Seal?

Solomon's seal is an herb. It is used to make medicine.

Solomon's seal is used to treat lung disorders, reduce swelling (inflammation), and to dry out tissue and draw it together (as an astringent).

Some people apply Solomon's seal directly to the skin for bruises, ulcers, or boils on the fingers, hemorrhoids, skin redness, and water retention (edema).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...



TAKEN BY MOUTH

  • Lung disorders.
  • Swelling (inflammation).
  • Other conditions.
APPLIED TO THE SKIN

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Solomon's seal for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Solomon's Seal work?

Solomon's seal contains chemicals that might decrease blood sugar levels.

Are there safety concerns?

Solomon's seal is safe for most adults when taken for short time periods. It can cause some side effects such as diarrhea, stomach complaints, and nausea when taken for long time periods or in large doses.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: not enough is known about the use of solomon's seal during pregnancy and breast-feeding. stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Solomon's seal might decrease blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control. If you use Solomon's seal and take diabetes medications, monitor your blood sugar closely.

Surgery: Solomon's seal might lower blood sugar levels. There s a concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using Solomon's seal at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Chlorpropamide (Diabinese)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Chlorpropamide (Diabinese) is used to decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Solomon's seal might also decrease blood sugar. Taking Solomon's seal along with chlorpropamide (Diabinese) might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your chlorpropamide (Diabinese) might need to be changed.



Insulin
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Solomon's seal might decrease blood sugar. Insulin is also used to decrease blood sugar. Taking Solomon's seal along with insulin might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your insulin might need to be changed.



Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Solomon's seal might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Solomon's seal along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

Dosing considerations for Solomon's Seal.

The appropriate dose of Solomon's seal depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Solomon's seal. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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