Botanical Name: Codonopsis Radix

Dang Shen

Dang Shen

Category: Tonify the Qi

Taste: Sweet

Temperature: Neutral

Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen

Dosage: 6-9g

Key Characteristics: Tonifies the middle burner, augments the Spleen and Lung qi.

Cautions and Contraindications:

  • None noted.

Actions & Indications:

  • Tonfies the middle burner and augments the qi: for lack of apetite, fatigue, tired limbs, diarrhea, vomiting, or any chronic illness with Spleen qi deficiency. Also for symptoms of prolapse of the uterus, stomach, or rectum due to collapsed Spleen qi.
  • Tonifies the Lungs: for Lung deficiency with chronic cough and shortness of breath, or copious sputum due to Spleen qi deficiency.
  • Also used with herbs that release the exterior or drain downward when the presentation included significant qi deficiency. In such cases, this herb supports the normal while the other herbs expel the pathogenic influences.