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Codonopsis pilosula (Dang shen)

Known for building Qi in TCM. Helps us adapt to stress in the body and mind. It is also used for asthma and pulmonary complaints, helps to expel excess mucous, and is an immune tonic. Harvest the root after three years and eat it in soup. Also commonly called �poor man�s Ginseng�, Dang shen is an adaptogen often used in Chinese medicine to support the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and replenishes the body. It is similar in action to ginseng (Panax sp.) but is milder and has a shorter-lasting effect. Kodon means bell in Greek while opsis means likeness referring to the bell-shaped flowers of Dang Shen.