herbals codonopsis

RECND334

Codonopsis

Scientific:Codonopsis pilosula
Other:Dang Shen

Indications

In Asian medicine it is called 'poor man's ginseng' since it has similar benefits as Panax ginseng but is less expensive and less stimualting. It tonifies spleen and lung qi and is an ingredient in "Change of Season Soup"

Respiratory
• lung qi deficiency
- dyspnea
- cough
- asthma
- bronchitis

Immune
• poor immune funtion
• stress
• fatigue
• adrenal fatigue

Cancer
• chemotherapy and radiation side-effects
- fatigue
- immunosuppresion (leukopenia, neutropenia)

Actions

immunomodulator
adaptogen
antiulcerogenic
• tonic
anticancer

Constituents

• Terpenoids
• Steroidal glycosides (dangshenosides)
• Isoflavones
• Polysaccharides

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH) 1-2 ml tid
• Decoction (dried herb): 9-30 g qd

Safety

Contraindications: Acute infection.

References

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