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Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

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Adenophora Root (Dried)

Submitted by on August 14, 2009 – 4:00 pm3 Comments | 13,837 views

Ingredient Name:  Adenophora Root, Lily Leaf Root, Lady Bell Root,

Traditional Chinese Name: 沙參根 (nan sha shen)

What is this?
  • The adenophora plant is a small plant which bears purple flowers and is native to east Asia
  • The root of the plant is known for its medicinal properties in traditional chinese medicine and is said to be beneficial for the lungs and the stomach
  • The American Herbal Products Association has given this herb a class 1 rating meaning it can be safely consumed when used appropriately
  • This root tastes slightly sweet and bitter

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash thoroughly before use.

Where can I buy this?

  • You can buy dried adenophora root in most herbal shops.   Fresh adenophora is sold in parts of Asia, as well.

What is the cost?

  • Dried adenophora root is common and hence, can be found at inexpensive prices.  The above amount cost less than $2 CAD. 

Any benefits?

  • The adenophora root is mainly used to treat the stomach, the lungs and other yin deficiencies
  • Drinking adenophora root can help to dissolve heated phelgm and moisten the throat
  • In Asia, it is an herbal remedy often given to children when they have coughs
  • It may also help to eliminate dryness of the skin

Any precautions?

  • Like with any herb, use in moderation.



  • herbal products are very good in promoting great health.-,;

  • the thing that i like about herbal products is that they are readily available and does not have bad side effects~’~

  • ProTheFessor says:

    Love your recipes, please post more.

    As a side note the Chinese name of “Ladybell” (Adenophora stricta) is
    沙參 [shāshēn].

    根 [gēn] just translates to “root”. And is often omitted in description as shāshēn is already understood as a root.

    Not sure about your usage of the word “nan”.


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