Codonopsis ( 党参 ) ...Chinese Herb...
of Plant Used
This herb is used in formulas to treat fatigue with poor appetite where
there is poor internal metabolism (TCM: stimulates function of Spleen and
Stomach to normalize movement of fluids; tonifies Spleen and Lungs to metabolize
and disperse Qi); also used for chronic diarrhea (TCM: chronic Spleen Qi
deficiency); and to treat symptoms of easy bruising and prolapse of Organs
and tissues such as uterus and hemorrhoids.
Usages and Functions
Tonifies Middle Burner and benefits Qi; tonifies Lungs; strengthens and
tonifies Qi and nourishes fluids; builds Blood.
Formulas Used In
Tang Gui and Indigo
Codonopsis is often substituted for ginseng, although it is not as strong.
Some practitioners consider codonopsis to be more damp than ginseng, thus
requiring more care in use, especially with a serious collapse of Qi and
Yang, a condition where ginseng shines as a treatment.