Codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula)

Family: Campanulaceae

Parts commonly used: Root.

Properties/energetics: Demulcent, energy tonic, expectorant/Slightly warm; sweet.

Systems predominantly affected:  Digestive, respiratory, immune.

Uses: The energy and actions of Codonopsis are similar to those of Chinese Ginseng; however, Codonopsis is much milder and considerably less pricey. It is quite beneficial when taken in all illness conditions associated with poor appetite, anemia, tiredness, or lack of strength in arms and legs.

Combinations: Combines well with Astragalus to form an excellent tonic to build the immune system.

Affects on specific body types: Due to its mild tonic actions, which build strong digestion and immunity, this root is safe for long-term use by males and females of all constitutional types. The sweet nature of Codonopsis is a strength and vitality builder that bolsters digestion and assimilation, and as a tonic food, it is appropriate for the Seer to nourish his deficiency-prone catabolic nature.

Preparations and dosage: Decoction: 1/2 cup three times a day. Include it regularly in a tonic soup or stew, your morning cereal, or any cooked grain preparation. Chew it like a Licorice stick.

By James Green, Herbalist, copyright 2008

For more information please refer to James Green’s book, The Male Herbal, 2nd Edition