Botanical Name: Codonopsis Radix
Latin: Codonopsis pilosula
PinYin: Dang Shen
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 and potent 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. Codonopsis is extremely effective at boosting vitality and relieving a sense of general fatigue. Many women use it to build blood.
Codonopsis is an excellent herb for children. Codonopsis is very mild yet it has powerful strengthening effects, especially on the digestive, respiratory and immune systems. It has been used since antiquity to build strong muscles in children.
Wild Codonopsis is rarely found but highly prized
Codonopsis is rich in polysaccharides that are beneficial to everyone. These immune boosting polysaccharides have been shown to be useful in supporting the immune systems of older people as well.
Codonopsis is believed to have an action similar to that of Ginseng, but gentler. It is often used in place of Ginseng in traditional 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. In modern Chinese tonic herbalism, it is acceptable to use both Ginseng and Codonopsis in the same formulation since they have totally different phytochemical profiles.
Several Dragon Herbs herbal formulations contain Codonopsis root as a major ingredient. Here are some –