Codonopsis pillosa

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Franz von Siebold, F., & Zuccarin, J. G. (1870). Flora Japonica. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codonopsis_lanceolata#mediaviewer/File:Codonopsis_lanceolata_SZ91.png

Botanical Name: Codonopsis pillosa
Common name: Codonopsis
Family: Campanulaceae (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 710)
Parts used: Root (Bone, 2003, p. 154)

Quality: Neutral, sweet (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 710)

History/Folklore: In TCM the herb reinforces qi and invigorates functions of the spleen and lung (Bone, 2003, p. 154; Holmes, 1989, p. 282). Is seen to have similar functions to Korean ginseng, but not as strong (Bone, 2003, p. 154).

Constituents: Saponins and alkaloids (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 710)

Actions

  • Tonic (Bone, 2003, p. 154)
  • Adaptogen (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 710)
  • Immune stimulating (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 710)
  • Circulatory stimulant (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 710)

 

Indications

  • Fatigue (Bone, 2003, p. 154; Holmes, 1989, p. 282)
  • Loss of appetite (Bone, 2003, p. 154)
  • Shortness of breath (Bone, 2003, p. 154; Holmes, 1989, p. 282)
  • Palpitations (Bone, 2003, p. 154; Holmes, 1989, p. 282)
  • Coronary heart disease (Bone, 2003, p. 154)
  • Improving red blood cell production and haemoglobin concentration (Bone, 2003, p. 154)

 

Dosage & Preparation:

  • Liquid extract (1:2): 4.5-8.5mL/day or 30-60mL/week (Bone, 2003, p. 154)
  • Root decoction: 3-15g/day cook for 20 mins (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 710)

 

Cautions

  • Pregnancy (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 711)

 

Contraindications:

  • TCM specific: damp-heap and ascent liver yang (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 711)

 

Interactions:

  • Do not combine with Veratri nigri (Hempen & Fischer, 2007, p. 711)
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