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Radix Codonopsis

Radix codonopsis sinensis (radix codonopsis sinensis) : 10 ~ 35cm long, 0.5 ~ 2.5cm in diameter. The surface is yellow-white to gray-yellow, and the dense annular transverse striations under the root often reach more than half of the total length. There are many cracks in the section, the skin is pale white to light brown, and the wood is light yellow.

Chinese pharmacopoeia:Radix Codonopsis

Pinyin:Dǎnɡ Shēn

English name:RADIX CODONOPSIS

Alias:East party, Taiwan party, lu party, mouth party


Source:
For campanulaceae plants dangshen Codonopsis pilosula (Franch.) Nannf., plain spend Codonopsis (west) Codonopsis pilosula Codonopsis pilosula Nannf. Var. Modesta (Nannf.) l. t. Shen or sichuan dangshen Codonopsis tangshen Oliv. The dry root. Autumn digging, washing, drying.


Properties:

Codonopsis codonopsis: long cylindrical, slightly curved, 10 ~ 35cm long, 0.4 ~ 2cm in diameter. The surface is yellowish brown to grayish brown, the root head has many verrucous protuberant stem mark and bud, the top of each stem mark is concave round point shape; Under the root, there are dense annular transverse striations, which are gradually sparse downward, some of which are up to half of the whole length, with little or no annular transverse striations. All have longitudinal wrinkles and scattered in the horizontal long lenticels, root broken down often black brown gelatinous material. Texture slightly hard or slightly ductile, slightly flat section, with cracks or radial texture, yellowish white to pale brown skin, pale yellow wood. Special aroma, slightly sweet.

Radix codonopsis sinensis (radix codonopsis sinensis) : 10 ~ 35cm long, 0.5 ~ 2.5cm in diameter. The surface is yellow-white to gray-yellow, and the dense annular transverse striations under the root often reach more than half of the total length. There are many cracks in the section, the skin is pale white to light brown, and the wood is light yellow.

Radix codonopsis: 10 ~ 45cm long, 0.5 ~ 2cm in diameter. The surface is grayish yellow to yellowish brown with irregular longitudinal furrows. It is soft and firm in quality, with less cracks in section, yellowish white in skin and pale yellow in wood.


Identification:
Cross section of this product: the number of cork cells to 10, with stone cells on the outside, single or in groups. The cortex is narrow. The phloem is broad, with fissures on the outside, scattered with pale yellow milk tubes, and often arranged interactively with the sieve tubes. The cambium forms a ring. Xylem ducts are scattered singly or several together, radially arranged. Parenchyma cells contain inulin.


Processing: remove impurities, rinse, moisten, slice thick, dry.

Sexual taste: gan, ping.

Meridian: to the spleen and lung.

Function and indications: tonify qi, invigorate spleen and lungs. For weak spleen and lung, shortness of breath and palpitations, loose stools, asthenia, asthma and cough, and internal heat to quench thirst.

Usage and dosage: 9 ~ 30g.

Caution: do not use with veratrol.

Storage: place in a dry and ventilated place. Moth-proofing.