Pressing out some new Codonopsis tincture which I made using bought in dried Codonopsis pilosula roots (Dang shen or “Poor man’s Ginseng). It is not as expensive as Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and more gentle. I aim to use it for patients who need gentle restoration without the too fiery push you can get with Panax sometimes.
This restorative effect is called adaptogenic. Plants like Codonopsis increase the adaptive energy of patients, helping them deal with stress better and recharge their batteries. I use adaptogens alongside other herbs which are specific for imbalances in other body systems. As always, the aim is to make up a herbal medicine specific to a particular patient’s needs at the time.