Dang Shen


Dang Shen in TCM:

Explore the properties of Dang Shen according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: codonopsis, pilose Asia bell root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Codonopsis
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU, SP

Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: qi, blood

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonifies the SP; augments qi (fatigue, tired limbs, appetite loss, diarrhea, vomit, chronic illness with SP qi deficiency; in combination for qi sinking with organ prolapse)
  • Tonifies LU qi (LU qi deficiency causing chronic cough, shortness of breath, weak voice)
  • Tonifies q and generates fluids and blood ( thirst due to injury of fluids; wasting and thirsting disorder; pale complexion, dizziness, palpitations due to qi and blood deficiency)
  • Supports anti-pathogenic qi to expel pathogens (constipation with significant qi deficiency or exterior syndromes)

    Special Notes:
  • (note: Dang Shen is often used as a subsititute for ren shen at larger doses, but not for qi collapse)
  • (note: compare with Huang Qi)
  • Pharmacologically Dang Shen is a powerful adaptogenic herb that has both a stimulating and inhibiting effect on the central nervous system. It has been shown the help animals adapt to stress.
  • A decoction of Dang Shen at varying doses ranging from 50 to 250g was shown to help with gastric ulcers.