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Wholesale Codonopsis

Codonopsis pilosula
plant overview
ginger-like climbing codonopsis

Codonopsis is a perennial climbing vine native to central and eastern Asia. Like other members of the bellflower family, the vine produces bell-shaped flowers. The plant is largely harvested for its hard root, which has a sweet, warm flavor. In many ways, codonopsis is compared to and used like ginseng. It also costs less, which is why it is known as poor man’s ginseng. In addition to making a tasty addition to teas, the root also yields its properties and nutrients to tinctures and extracts.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information for codonopsis

Codonopsis pilosula is a perennial species of flowering plant in the Campanulaceae or bellflower family. The plant produces twining stems up to 2 meters long. It has lateral branches with alternately arranged leaves and small branchlets with oppositely arranged leaves. The ovate leaves are up to 7.3 centimeters long and are usually coated with short hairs. Solitary flowers occur at the branch tips. The bell-shaped flower is about 2 centimeters long and wide and is yellow-green with purple spots inside. The fruit capsule is up to 2.4 centimeters long. The roots are carrot-shaped or cylindrical, sometimes branched, and up to 30 centimeters long by 3 wide.

common names & nomenclature
Dang shen translates to “poor man’s ginseng”.

Also known as:
dang shen, poor man's ginseng

Codonopsis, the ginger-like climbing vine

Where in the World

habitat and range for codonopsis

Codonopsis grows in China, particularly in the provinces of Szechuan and Shanxi.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting codonopsis

Codonopsis grows in forests, meadows, and scrub, dense shrubby thickets, the shade of trees at forest edges, streambanks. Prefers sun to part shade.

Prefers a well-drained fertile light soil.

Sow seeds on soil surface in spring to early summer in compost in a greenhouse. Do not allow the compost to dry out. The seed usually germinates in 1-6 weeks. Can also divide plants in spring, but roots dislike disturbance and division has a lower success rate as a result.

The roots of plants at least three years old are harvested in the autumn and can be used fresh or dried.

Codonopsis root, once dried, can be stored whole, in small pieces, or ground into a powder. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

codonopsis history, folklore, literature & more

codonopsis—a staple of chinese medicine
Codonopsis is a staple of Chinese medicine. It’s been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to treat many different kinds of health issues. It’s still widely used today for a broad spectrum of purposes.

If you’re having trouble with your memory, codonopsis can be a great help. It’s been used for thousands of years to help improve memory and improve concentration. It works a lot like ginseng, but it’s more short-term than ginseng. If you’re sensitive to ginseng, you may find that codonopsis makes a better choice for you because it’s much milder.

When stress knocks at your door, as it so often will, codonopsis can also be a great benefit for you. It helps to relieve anxiety and stress so that you can function better than you would otherwise. It’s especially good at relieving symptoms of stress such as fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, and high blood pressure. One way it does this is by reducing the amount of adrenaline you produce under stress.

Having problems with your digestive system is never comfortable. But codonopsis can be very helpful in restoring you to normal function. If you’re suffering from a loss of appetite because of illness or medical treatment, codonopsis can help you return to normal eating patterns.

codonopsis is also a great remedy for diarrhea and vomiting. It will help you to keep food down and it will also slow down the digestive tract so that your intestines can remove the water from your waste. This will prevent dehydration when you’re suffering from a stomach bug.

For respiratory problems, codonopsis can also come to the rescue. It helps to thin mucus so that you can have relief from respiratory tightness. It’s a great remedy for people who have asthma or problems taking a deep breath.

Finally, codonopsis has been used in women’s health for a long time. If you’re a nursing mother, you may find that this herb can increase the production of milk. It can also help you to have more energy—something that any mother can use.

Codonopsis root can be taken in many ways. You can use it as a tonic, a tincture, or in the form of a decoction. You’ll find that this plant has so many purposes that you’ll want to make it a part of your life on a regular basis. Make sure to keep some in your cabinet so you’ll be ready for anything.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.