TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "dang shen" which in english is "codonopsis root", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and spleen channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.
Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Dang Shen, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence spleen qi deficiency.
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, dang shen is generally included in the following 12 formulas:
As noted above, dang shen is within the herbs that tonify qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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