Chinese Name Dang Shen 党参
Latin Name Codonopsis
Other Names Radix Codonopsis, Bonnet Bellflower, Downy Bellflower Root, Bastard Ginseng.
Used Part Root
Specification Full Spectrum Extract Polysaccharides
Codonopsis is one of the most famous and widely used Chinese tonic herbs. It is very mild and without any side effects, yet it is a superb Qi tonic. It invigorates the Spleen and Lung functions so that Qi is replenished and it promotes the production of body fluids. Codonopsis is also an excellent blood tonic and a major immune system tonic.
It is believed to have an action similar to that of Ginseng, but milder. It is often used in place of Ginseng in formulas that actually call for Ginseng to be used as a main Qi tonic, especially when the purpose of the formula is to invigorate the Spleen and Lung functions. This is totally acceptable in the Chinese herbal system.
Its blood building quality makes it especially good for people who are weakened due to illness. Codonopsis is extremely effective at relieving chronic fatigue. Many women use it to build blood and the Chinese consider Codonopsis to be an herb perfectly suited to nursing mothers, holding that Codonopsis helps produce milk and that the nutrients in Codonopsis are especially nourishing to babies. Codonopsis is an excellent herb for children. Codonopsis is mild yet it has powerful strengthening effects, especially on the digestive, respiratory and immune systems. It builds strong muscle in children.
It is rich in immune stimulating polysaccharides that are beneficial to . They have also been shown to be useful in supporting the immune systems of people with cancer who are using the herbs in conjunction with conventional cancer therapies. Codonopsis has been demonstrated to have radiation protection activity and can be effective in protecting cancer patients receiving radiation therapy from the side effects without diminishing its benefits. Codonopsis also has interferon-inducing activity that may be of importance in many immune deficiency conditions, including HIV infection.
Taste & Property Sweet, Neutral
Organ Meridians Lung, Spleen
•Tonifies the Middle Jiao and augments Qi
Any chronic illness due to Spleen Qi Deficiency with anorexia, fatigue, tired limbs, diarrhea, vomiting
•Tonifies the Lungs
Lung Qi Dh and shortness of breath
Copious sputum due to Spleen Qi Deficiency
•Restores the constitution and assists herbs that release the exterior or drain downward when there is significant Qi Deficiency
Supports the normal while other herbs expel pathogenic influences
•Nourishes the Blood and promotes the generation of Body Fluids
Deficiency of Qi, Blood and Body Fluids especially due to chronic illness