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Codonopsis Pilosula Root

Submitted by on March 14, 2009 – 10:50 amNo Comment | 34,282 views

Ingredient Name: Codonopsis Pilosula Root, Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae

Chinese Name: 党參 or 黨參 (dǎngshēn)

What is this?
  • Typically, only the root of the codonopsis pilosula plant is used in chinese soups and medicine
  • It is also known as poor man’s ginseng because it is a milder and more economical substitute for ginseng
  • The root is believed to have many health benefits, and is mainly known as a chi tonic used to replenish chi in the body
  • It has a slightly sweet taste

How do I prepare it?

  • Simply rinse under running water and it is ready to use

Where can I buy this?

  • Codonopsis pilosula can be purchased at any Chinese dried herb shop

What is the cost?

  • 1/2 pound of codonopsis pilosula costs approximately $50 CAD

Any benefits?

  • In traditional Chinese medicine, the root of c. pilosula is used as a tonic for lungs and spleen.  It is believed to lower blood pressure, increase red and white blood cell count, cure appetite loss, strengthen the immune system and replenish chi
  • Women who have recently given birth are encouraged to use this herb during the traditional postpartum confinement period to nourish their blood and improve uterine function
  • In the Western world, pharmacological research has indicated that the herb promotes digestion and metabolism, helps to strengthen the immune system, stimulates the nervous system, and lowers blood pressure.

Any precautions?

  • It is slightly heaty and should be avoided if you are excessively heaty



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