Pinyin: dang shen

ENGLISH NAME: Chinese salvia (Root & Rhizome)

LATIN NAME: Codonopsis Radix

Pinyin: dang shen

Properties: sweet, neutral
Channels Entered: Spleen, Lung

CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Tonifies Qi, Strengthens the Middle Jiao

2. Tonifies the Lung

3. Nourishes Blood, Promotes Generation 0' Body Fluids

4. Restores Constitution and Expels Pathogenic Factors

DOSAGE
6 to 10 grams in decoction.

CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS

• Though Dang Shen is mild, it is still a tonic herb that is sweet and cloying, and may generate heat. Therefore, it should be used with caution in cases of excess heat or fire.

• Dang Shen is incompatible with Li Lu (Radix et Rhizoma Veratri).
• It has been reported that dosages of Dang Shen above 63 grams may cause arrhythmia or discomfort in the left pectoral area. However, side effects subside when the herb is discontinued. 1