Herb of the Day: Codonopsis


( Codonopsis pilosula ), bluebell or lobeila family.

Common name is poor man’s ginseng

Codonopsis is a twining perennial that reaches 5 feet long and has oval leaves and purple veined flowers. Herbal medicine uses the long, sweet taproot of the plant. It is a native of Asia, but now is cultivated throughout the world.

Aids with: cancer, headaches, Lupus, petic ulcer, and vomiting.

Codonopsis is available in the form of tablets, teas, and tinctures. It is a inexpensive herb and is often substituted for ginseng in the herbal tonics that is labeled as ginseng. While the substitution makes herbal formulas less expensive for manufacturers to produce, in many cases codonopsis is actually more effective for intended purpose of the formula, than the more expensive ginseng.

Codonopsis increases red and white blood cell counts, which reduces the side effects of toxic drugs such as those used in cancer chemotherapy. It also helps the body recover from radiation therapy.  In Lupus, it restrains the immune system in lupus, ( a disease in which the immune system attacts the DNA found in the body’s own skin cells.  It is especially useful for ulcers that are compounded by loss of appetite, diarrhea, or vomiting.

If you are interested in using codonopsis in the treatment of ulcers, you should do so under professional supervision. Again Mother’s to be and breastfeeding should always ask their doctors advice before taking any herbal healing.



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