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Codonopsis Root

  • Codonopsis pilosula
  • Origin: China
Codonopsis Root


Common Name

Standardized: codonopsis
Other: bellflower, dang shen

Botanical Name

Codonopsis pilosula (Franch.) Nannf.
Plant Family: Campanulaceae



Codonopsis is a twining perennial. It reaches a length of five feet, and has oval leaves and distinct bell shaped greenish purple flowers. It is native to Asia and China, but now cultivated worldwide, sometimes only for its ornamental value. The long, sweet taproot is used extensively in herbal medicine.


Friedelin, taraxerol, alpha-spinasterol, alpha-spinasterol-beta-D-glucopyranoside, n-butyl-alpha-D-fructofuranoside and n-butyl-beta-D-fructopyranoside.

Parts Used


Typical Preparations

Teas, tablets, and tinctures.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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