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(Codonopsis pilosula)

The roots of Codonopsis are used in traditional Chinese medicine to lower blood pressure, increase red and white blood cell count, cure appetite loss, strengthen the immune system, and replenish qi. The roots are harvested from the plant during the third or fourth year of growth and dried prior to sale. The root is also used as a gentler and more economical substitute for Panax ginseng.

PROPERTIES: energy tonic adaptogen, appetizer, digestive, galactogogue, sialagogue, stomachic
Parts used: root

 • it is a gentle tonic that increases energy levels and helps the body adapt to stress

• it acts mainly on the spleen, lungs and stomach, raising secretion of body fluids and blood sugar levels, and stimulating the immune system

• research has shown that it increases haemoglobin and red blood cell levels and lowers the blood pressure.
• promotes alertness 

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: Not for use if you have hormone-sensitive disorder such as breast or prostate cancer, or are using anticoagulant drugs. 

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.