Also known as
Codonopsis pilosula, Bastard Ginseng, Dang shen, Poor Man's Ginseng
The roots of C. pilosula are used in traditional Chinese medicine as a gentler and more economical substitute for Panax ginseng. The roots are harvested from the plant during the third or fourth year of growth and dried prior to sale. Codonopsis is known to strengthen the digestive, respiratory, and immune systems.
Friedelin, taraxerol, alpha-spinasterol, alpha-spinasterol-beta-D-glucopyranoside, n-butyl-alpha-D-fructofuranoside and n-butyl-beta-D-fructopyranoside.
Break off a piece of root with a mortar and pestle if handy, the smaller pieces being the easiest. Codonopsis can be eaten directly, encapsulated, or taken in tea. It is recommended to start with 1-3 grams and increase as desired.
Codonopsis is a common and cheaper version of the legendary panacea known as Ginseng and has often been used in place of Ginseng when not available. Many Ginseng tonics sold actually contain Codonopsis root, so do not be put off by the name 'Bastard Ginseng'. You might find yourself quite surprised at the effectiveness of this herb.
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