Poor Man’s (or Woman’s) ginseng, or dang shen, is adaptogenic, strengthens the immune system, energizes and rejuvenates. I love this tender looking trailing vine with its interesting white flowers. Actually quite hardy, it survives severe Maine winters and drought if given a shady, somewhat moist place with a support to cling to. Codonopsis roots are an ingredient in Radix Codonopsis, a Chinese herbal mix used to improve appetite and energy. Codonopsis roots are traditionally combined with ginseng and Baltic amber in the treatment of angina. We include it in our Mushroot Chai Deep Immune Tonic.
Part used - root
Dosages - Tincture - 30-60 drops 3-4 times daily
Standard infusion - up to two cups daily
Syrup - 1 tablespoon 3-4 times daily
WARNING! Do not use with diarrhea, flatulence, poor digestion, or during acute illness such as colds, flu and pneumonia. Avoid if you have high iron levels. Enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy/radiation.