Mountain Rose Herbs

Codonopsis Root

Also known as

Codonopsis pilosula, Bastard Ginseng, Bellflower, Bonnet Bellflower, Codonopsis tangshen, Codonopsis tubulosa, Dangshen, Radix Codonopsis.


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.


No restrictions for use. Be aware that codonopsis is a relatively inexpensive herb that is often substituted for Panax ginseng in herbal tonics labeled as “ginseng.”

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