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Dang Shen (Codonopsis)


Chinese Herb: Dang Shen (Codonopsis)

Pilose Asia Bell Root; Codonopsis Pilosula; Radix Codonopsis

Codonopsis is a very important Qi tonic, especially to the Spleen and Lungs and is often times used as a replacement/substitute to Ginseng, and in many famous tonifying formulas. It is not overpowering or as strong as Ginseng, but smoother and milder in action. In some cases, it is a more suitable herb for the situation than Ginseng. Aside from being milder in its action and warmth, Codonopsis is also significantly cheaper than Ginseng, which provides additional appeal as a substitute. This herb is sweet and neutral in energy.

We offer a premium grade quality of Dang Shen, as well as a slightly less expensive 2nd grade, selectable in the below menu.


Sweet, neutral

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Spleen, Lung

More Info from Naturopathy Digest:

"Codonopsis is known as the "poor man's ginseng." In ancient China, codonopsis was used along with ginseng to create a tonic that helped replenish one's qi. In more modern times, it is often used to strengthen the immune system and invigorate the spleen."

"Codonopsis is a fast-growing vine that blooms during the summer and fall. A perennial herb, codonopsis can reach a height of ten feet, with oval or heart-shaped leaves and ornate, bell-shaped flowers that range in color from yellow to light purple. The roots of codonopsis are harvested during its third year or fourth year of growth and are used medicinally.

The chief chemical components of codonopsis include saccharides such as fructose and inulin. It also contains glycosides (such as syringin and tangshenoside I), alkaloids (such as choline and perlolyrine), and 17 kinds of amino acids and micro-elements."

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