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