A gentle push

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.

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About donaldpurves

Traditional Herbalist since 1989, qualified originally with National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Tutorial Course, School of Herbal Medicine/Phytotherapy), joined Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners in 2011. University lecturer in Herbal Medicine since 2005. Born and brought up in the Scottish Borders. Higher Education at University of York (Biology 1980) and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (MSc Herbal Medicine 2003). Married to Rukshana Afia, an artist working with drawing, textiles and ceramics. Passionate about environmental, economic and social justice.
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