A vital piece of Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicine that acts as a gentle tonic to increase energy levels and imporve mental and physical well-being by helping the body adapt to stress.
It has adaptogenic affects similar to Ginseng, but less powerful and long lasting. It is used interchangably with Ginseng in many herbal formulas.
Dan Shen has anti-anemic properties making it particularly useful for fighting fatigue, tired limbs, and digestive problems. It is regularly used in China by nursing mothers to increase their milk supply.
Laboratory research has show Codonopsis to increase hemogloblin and red blood cell levels and lower blood pressure.
The following comes from WEBMD “Codonopsis is used to treat HIV infection and to protect cancer patients against side effects of radiation treatment. It is also to boost the immune system; and to treat weakness, loss of appetite (anorexia), chronic diarrhea, shortness of breath, noticeable heartbeat (palpitations), asthma, cough, thirst, and diabetes.”